This is coolbert:
Down but not out!
Also from the latest edition of the DEBKAfile newsletter the Islamic State combatants continue their assault on the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor with some success.
A siege that has lasted more or less for two full years!
"EXCLUSIVE: ISIS launches surprise attack on Syrian army at Deir ez-Zor"
"the Islamic State took advantage of the Syrian-Hizballah-Shiite militias' preoccupation with seizing the Syrian-Iraqi border to launch a large-scale surprise attack Thursday on the big Syrian air base at Deir ez-Zor. This is the second ISIS attack on the eastern Syrian town in the last 48 hours. This time, the jihadists formed a wedge between the air base and the town and forced the Syrian defenders, the 137th Brigade, to retreat."
See previous blog entries the topic of which was Deir ez-Zor: