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lebrations in Eastern Syria, after the breaking of a brutal Islamic State siege. On Tuesday, government forces reached troops besieged by the militants for years. Tanks and fighters pressed quickly toward the government held enclave in Deir ez-Zur, opening a land route linking it to the outside. Residents lined the streets chanting Pro-Assad slogans.
They said they've been waiting for this moment for three years. Thousands of civilians and Syrian soldiers have been trapped in the enclave since 2014. The UN estimated nearly 100,000 have been living in extremely difficult conditions. Supplies were being airdropped in. The city is a strategic prize and a significant victory for the Syrian president.
Deir ez-Zur in the east is Islamic State's last major stronghold in Syria. On the Euphrates River, it was once the center of the country's oil industry. Islamic State still hold half of the city and much of the province, but they are hammed in on all sides and are retreating to towns near the Iraq border.
The Army and its allies pushing forward with the help of heavy artillery and Russian air strikes. The noose around Islamic State is tightening.