To prevent the two operations from clashing, the coalition, the SDF, Assad regime and Russian Federation agreed on a "de-confliction line" that runs from the neighboring province of Raqqa southeast along the Euphrates to Deir el-Zour. While both oppose Islamic State, they are engaged, via proxies, in a race for strategic influence and potential resources in the form of oilfields in eastern Syria's Deir al-Zor province. "Firing points in these areas will be immediately suppressed by all means of destruction", he said.
The meeting reportedly involved a discussion of what forces were position around the eastern Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor, which is expected to be where ISIS makes its last stand against the US - and Russian-backed coalitions with which it is now at war.
He further added that the attacks put at risk Russian military advisers embedded with Syrian government troops. "Russian drones and intelligence have not recorded any confrontations between IS and the 'third force, ' the SDF", Konashenkov said. He said Russian Federation had detected the transfer of SDF militants from the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa, to join forces with the terrorists.
In Deir al-Zor, the Islamic militants are battling two separate offensives, launched by the SDF on one side and the Syrian army and its allies on the other.
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"The Central parts of the former ISIS capital, which account for roughly 25 percent of the city, remain under full control of the terrorists", Konashenkov remarked.
"According to our information, USA intelligence services initiated the offensive to halt the successful advance of government troops to the east of Deir al-Zor", said Colonel-General Sergei Rudskoi. Syrian forces have now crossed over to the eastern side of the river, placing them about 2.5 miles away from USA -backed forces.
The Ibaa News Agency, the media arm of the al-Qaida-linked Levant Liberation Committee, said that more than 20 people were killed in the airstrike on the village without saying whether they were civilians or militants. Syrian government forces lifted the blockade of the city in early September.