No sooner was the Shoigu-Assad meeting made public than the Russian expert community speculated that Russian military police had been stationed at some of the area's checkpoints. Sixteen months later, the termination of the Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq allowed him to reprise the cheerleading in his "mission accomplished" speech.
President Donald Trump's administration has several time changed its views and rhetoric regarding the Syrian president.
But "right now, we have a schedule that we're following which is the liberation of the eastern riverbanks of the Euphrates", he said.
In Raqqa, former de facto Syrian capital of ISIS, US-backed SDF seized central al-Thakana District.
"All our soldiers' training (is) in the Coalition training camps, they oversee our training and our armament", he said.
A second theory suggests that as the top Russian military man, Shoigu came to Syria to inspect the state of affairs within the Russian forces themselves.
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Currently, the VTS control most of the territories of Syria, which are located on the left Bank of the Euphrates is here proclaimed the Federation of Northern Syria. Deir Ez-Zor was behind a tight blockade.
Backed by Russian air strikes, the army and allied fighters now hold over half the city, and are working to surround IS militants in the remaining parts.
Mr Aziz said they were about four miles away from the city's eastern entrance.
Abu Khawla warned government forces and their militia allies against firing across the river as his fighters close in - something he said had happened in recent days.
Meanwhile, Hizbollah-affiliated media announced on Thursday that one of those prisoners, Ahmed Matouq, had arrived in Lebanon. According to Reuters, in March 2017, the ranks of the SDS consisted of at least 80 thousand soldiers.
Damascus has repeatedly said that it has never used and won't use chemical weapons against civilians, emphasizing that it has no chemical weapons since 2014 due to an agreement the US was part of.
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This outcome provokes acute fear in both Manila and Washington that the Islamists' unexpected success in prolonging the conflict will encourage them to diversify their strategy. The Pentagon used to provide support for Manila's armed forces through the US's Joint Special Operations Task Force - known as Philippines (JSOTF-P) - but this was stood down two years ago. Since then, they have been battling remnants of the militants inside the city, seizing more than 60 percent of it.
Footage has emerged of a massive Kurdish convoy heading southwards along the main road leading to Hasakah to Deir ez-Zor.
Earlier, the SDS did not take active action simultaneously with government forces in the same area. The PKK has been declared a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US and the EU. Failure to come to the table leaves Mr. Hijab culpable for the prolongation of a war that should end as soon as possible. Two submarines emerged and were visible on the horizon shortly after.
In late May, the Russian Navy bombed ISIS jihadists near the Syrian city of Palmyra.
And the US-led coalition carried out its own airstrikes in Deir Ezzor, Wednesday, targeting ISIS fighters and vehicles. He might very well have been in the mood for concessions from a position of strength. And the question of further reconstruction of the country becomes more acute. With the increased involvement of international mediators postwar Syria is the subject of talks in Geneva.
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