(The Kursk salient)
Main efforts of SAA and Russian Armed Forces grouping are focused on the last ISIS stronghold near Deir ez-Zor.
The ISIS terrorists are concentrating their forces near Deir ez-Zor. Insurgents from Mosul and most battle-ready units have been redeployed there.
"Units of SAA and militia supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces are developing their offensive on Deir ez-Zor from three directions. Moreover, a large ISIS grouping has been encircled near Uqayribat. It is being defeated.
Al-Sukhnah has been liberated from ISIS insurgents due to hits of the Russian Aerospace Forces and offensive actions of the government troops.
As decision on providing military assistance to Syria had been taken, deployment of control system of actions held by the Russian force grouping has become the priority task for the General Staff of the Russian Federation.
This system allows the leadership of the Russian Defence Ministry to control the situation and to respond expeditiously.
Moreover, interaction of the leadership of the Russian Defence Ministry between officials of the military departments of the United States of America, Turkey, Office of the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General to Syria in Geneva and Damascus, representatives of the Russian Federation in the Syrian Support Group, Centre of operative reaction on ceasefire violations in Geneva as well as representatives of other international organizations.
All this allow to discuss and approve military political issues, exchange opinions about the situation, and organize humanitarian actions in Syria towns and villages." Russian Defense Ministry
As I wrote and expected R+6 has counter-attacked to eliminate the foolish IS penetration in SE Raqqa Province.
The Russians estimate the number of IS left in Syria to be 9,000 and the number of HTS (AQ) to be 10,000. These will be almost entirely in HTS controlled Idlib Province. IMO they are guessing on the numbers.
The notion that the HTS can be "talked down out of the tree is delusional. pl