Breaking: Strategic town of Al-Shoula liberated in western Deir Ezzor
The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has liberated a major town in the western countryside of Deir Ezzor Governorate that is situation along the M20 highway.
According to military sources, the SAA, led by the elite 800th Regiment of the Republican Guard and pro-government Shaitat tribal fighters, liberated the strategic town of Ash-Shula this morning after a brief firefight with Islamic State militants.
The town is situated about 20 kilometers from Deir Ezzor’s Panorama roundabout area and is the last major town along the M20 highway to the west of the city.
All that stands between pro-government forces at Ash-Shula and the western gates of Deir Ezzor city is a small village called al-Malah.
One SAA source has commented that the Syrian Army should reach the Panorama roundabout in the next 24 hours.