TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Lebanese Hezbollah Resistance Movement's second-in-command, Sheikh Naim Qassem, praised recent advances achieved by the Syrian army and resistance forces against Daesh (ISIS or ISIL) terrorists in Deir ez-Zor and said the liberation of the city amounts to the collapse of Daesh.

“The preparations for the political settlement of the Syrian crisis have begun unofficially,” Sheikh Qassem said in a televised interview on Sunday.

The cleric further pointed to the recent advances of the Syrian and resistance forces and described the approaching liberation of Deir ez-Zor amounts to “the final victory” over Daesh terrorists.

Sheikh Qassem also hailed close cooperation between the Hezbollah resistance forces and the Syrian army in the liberation of areas along the border between Lebanon and Syria and said “the good coordination” made the victory possible.

Syrian government troops on Tuesday broke through the defenses of the Daesh terrorists on the outskirts of Deir ez-Zor and broke the three-year siege of the city.

In a televised speech on August 31, Hezbollah Secretary-General Seyed Hassan Nasrallah announced that Lebanon’s soil has been fully liberated from the extremist elements.

Syria has been gripped by civil war since March 2011 with various terrorist groups, including Daesh (also known as ISIS or ISIL), currently controlling parts of it.

According to a report by the Syrian Center for Policy Research, the conflict has claimed the lives of over 470,000 people, injured 1.9 million others, and displaced nearly half of the country’s pre-war population of about 23 million within or beyond its borders.