Hopes of returning to normal existence lie with the Syrian army, residents of the ISIS-besieged city of Deir ez-Zor told RT in exclusive footage recorded just a stone’s throw from the frontline, where armed forces are making a final push to liberate the city.
The Syrian army has liberated the town of al-Sukhnah following an intense battle over the weekend, the last major Islamic State stronghold in Homs province. RT’s Ruptly video agency brings you exclusive footage from the recaptured city.
A third de-escalation zone is coming into effect north of the Syrian city of Homs, with Russian military police setting up checkpoints and look-out posts to separate the factions, monitor the ceasefire, ensure delivery of aid and facilitate reconciliation.
The White House and CIA have reportedly decided to end a covert operation to arm the so-called moderate Syrian rebels. The US has allegedly pumped some $1 billion into train-and-equip efforts with questionable outcomes.
President Vladimir Putin has praised the reliability of Russian weaponry, while applauding the developers of the Kh-101 strategic air-to-surface cruise missile which has proven its effectiveness against terrorists in Syria.
Moscow has noted Washington’s apparent move in the right direction on Syria, but has requested the US to provide details on the proposed creation of no-fly zones as voiced by US Secretary of State in the lead up to the Russian-US leaders meeting in Hamburg.