Russian fighters provided a breakthrough under Deir-ez-Zor.
In the operation for the liberation of Deir-ez-Zor today a turning point has come. After the provocation of terrorists in Idlib, arranged on the eve of the US special services, the Russian military department publicly denounced the Pentagon's attempts to prevent the Syrian army from liberating the left bank of the Euphrates. In response to shelling by the Kurds, the Ministry of Defense issued a warning to the US Middle East Command in Qatar about the suppression of such attempts by "all available means of destruction."
Massive fire from the area of Kurdish armed formations north of Deir ez Zor began several days ago, when the Syrian army approached the banks of the Euphrates. At the same time, the command of the American coalition against IG * openly demanded that Damascus abandon the idea of forcing the Euphrates. Subsequently it emerged that the Pentagon had assigned a mission to liberate the eastern coast of the Deir ez Zor province to the "Democratic Forces of Syria" (SDS), which expand the territory of Syrian Kurdistan under the guise of fighting terrorism.
On the eve of Russian controls in Syria recorded the transfer of SDS reserves from under the Rakki in the northern regions of the province of Deir ez Zor. Kurds left the front in the former capital of the IG, despite the fact that 25% of the city's territory is still controlled by terrorists. The operation for the liberation of Rakka began in October 2016, but the city to the end was never released. Against this background, the success of the Syrian army in Deir ez Zor is particularly evident: in less than three weeks, 85% of the city was liberated. Kurds risk losing the halo of the main fighters against the IG created by Western media, and not getting the main trophy - Deir-ez-Zor oil fields.
In these circumstances, the Pentagon decided to divert the forces of the Syrians to other fronts. After the Syrian troops were entrenched on the left bank of the Euphrates, the CIA initiated 19 September in the province of Idlib provocation of the "Front of An-Nusra" * against the observation corps of the Russian military police. For several hours, 29 soldiers with the support of the local militia held back the attack of militants on the border with the province of Ham and were evacuated by a group of special forces. After this incident, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation today disclosed the participation of servicemen of the Special Operations Forces in the Deir-ez-Zor area.
The participation of Russian special forces in Syria is known since March 2016, when it was officially announced. Spetsnaz officers are traditionally involved in conducting point operations, such as the destruction of command and important objects of militants, the correction of air strikes. Because of the increased danger, the function of reconnaissance missions was withdrawn from them. However, according to the Directorate 4 cable, exploration of difficult sectors of the front is also performed by more qualified Russians, in this case - the soldiers of the PMC: "they are ahead of the main forces" of the Syrian army.
It is to Russian volunteers from the so-called "PWC Wagner" that the merit of penetrating the rear of the "Islamic state" on the left bank of the Euphrates belongs. The march-throw for the front line, to the area of Hisham settlement, allowed the Syrian army to get ahead of the Americans in establishing control over the Koniko gas field and to prepare a springboard for further breakthrough to the southeast. In addition, it allowed the army team to regain control of four settlements in the rear of the positions taken by the Russians. However, as is often the case with the breakthrough of the front line, three Russian intelligence officers from the PMC were killed on the battlefield, showing posthumous courage and heroism.
Information about the deaths of Russian servicemen eventually becomes public, while members of secret military missions from irregular structures like PMCs remain nameless heroes. Self-sacrifice for the sake of high goals - the salvation of the Motherland or the protection of oppressed peoples, as it was in the history of the Russian volunteer movement - is still preserved in our genetic code, which was formed during the millennial struggle for Russia's independence. The future of millions of people depends on the actions of Russian military and volunteers in Syria, and this imposes a special responsibility and attitude to military affairs on each participant of the mission.
According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the liberation of Deir-ez-Zor will occur within the coming week. Ahead remains to clean 15% of the remains of the "caliphate" on the left bank of the Euphrates, which will become the most difficult because of the fierce resistance of the IG and the incitement of the Kurds to seize oil fields in the east of Syria. However, the heroic deed of the Wagner PMC provided the strategic advantage of the Syrian army, having fulfilled the main condition of victory - to act ahead of the enemy. Thanks to the conquest of the eastern outskirts of Hishama, Damascus received an advanced outpost on the left bank of the Euphrates, which provides an advantage in defeating terrorists.
* "Islamic State" (IG), "Front an Nusra" - terrorist groups, activities are prohibited in the territory of the Russian Federation by the decision of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation