Thursday, September 29, 2016

US-led coalition destroys two bridges in IS-held Deir e-Zor, leaving civilians in the lurch - Syria Direct

AMMAN: US-led coalition warplanes allegedly struck and disabled the last two bridges over the Euphrates river used by civilians in Islamic State-held eastern Deir e-Zor province earlier this week, virtually halting the vital cross-river trade that civilians there rely on.
The United States-led international coalition currently bombing IS-held positions in Syria reported that its warplanes “disabled” two bridges along “ISIL supply route[s]” on Monday and Tuesday of this week.
Activists and news sites in Deir e-Zor also reported that two bridges were destroyed this week: one in the town of Mayadeen, the other in al-Eshara. Both are located roughly 45km and 60km downriver from Deir e-Zor city, respectively....

bth: This is not just cutting off ISIS, it is doing two other things. First it is cutting off eastern Syria from the Syrian Army and second, it is cutting off the land routes that might be used by Iran to resupply Assad in the future.

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