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Russia Deploys Surprise Military Reinforcements to Syria’s Deir Ezzor

Russia Deploys Surprise Military Reinforcements to Syria’s Deir Ezzor

Sunday, 5 July, 2020 - 11:15
Russian patrol in northwestern Syria | Russia Today
London, Qamishli- Asharq Al-Awsat

The Russian army on Saturday deployed a huge military convoy to Deir Ezzor in eastern Syria amid talks by Syrian opposition members of a potential breakout of clashes with Iran-backed militias near borders with Iraq.


Meanwhile, Turkish forces and artillery deployed in northwestern Syria reached 7,675 vehicles and 11,000 soldiers.


“Deir Ezzor 24” local channel reported on two Russian military convoys entering the city on Friday dawn. The convoys were transferred from the rural areas of Raqqa province.


According to the media report, around 60 military vehicles, among which were large trucks, had entered the Talay camp in Deir Ezzor.


Another news network, Dorar al-Shamiyyah, reported on a third Russian military convoy composed of around 30 military vehicles also entering the scene in less than 24 hours.


It is noteworthy that this is the first time a military convoy of that size enters Deir Ezzor city.


Dorar al-Shamiyyah channel pointed out to escalating conflict between militias loyal to Russia and others loyal to Iran in the region. As a result of this conflict, a security officer was killed in clashes that took place last week.


Clashes have so far killed four security officers and injured many others—they also resulted in the destruction of a military checkpoint and the burning down of militia camps.


This came after news that Iranian militias took control of Boukamal town in Deir Ezzor. Quds Force commander and successor to Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a US airstrike in Baghdad earlier this year, Esmail Qaani visited the premise set up by Iran-backed militias in the Boukamal town.


According to Deir Ezzor 24, Iran-backed militias has forced Syrian regime troops to remove their roadblocks in Boukamal.


More so, they denied the Russian-backed Liwaa al-Quds forces from setting up camp and checkpoints in the town.


According to the local channel, this comes within the frame of the Russian-Iranian struggle for power in the region.


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