DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:00 A.M) – The Syrian Army troops foiled a full-scale offensive launched by the Islamic State to storm the longtime government-held airbase in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor.
For the past 3 days, fierce clashes ripped through the eastern parameters of the airbase with the jihadists’ daring assault posed a threat to the troops stationed inside the base.
However, the government forces – backed by local fighters – managed to repel the attack in spite of the lack of heavy weapons and basic supplies as a result of year-long of a stifling blockade.
According to a military source, at least 40 jihadists, including two commanders, have been killed in the dialed attack.
The Islamic State has reportedly moved its de-facto capital of al-Raqqa to the eastern province of Deir Ezzor as the US-backed fighters are inching closer to the group’s bastion.