The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) is at the gates of the Deir Ezzor Military Airport once again after a violent battle with the Syrian Armed Forces along the southern perimeter of this strategic military installation in eastern Syria.

On Thursday morning, several ISIS fighters reached the southern gates of the Deir Ezzor Military Airport after successfully evading the barrage of bullets fired from the Syrian Arab Army’s mounted machine guns at the guard towers.

For over 9 hours, the Syrian Armed Forces and ISIS were involved in a heated battle at the gates of the Deir Ezzor Military Airport; however, the aforementioned terrorist group was unable to infiltrate past the dilapidated walls of this base.

Finally, after suffering heavy losses, ISIS withdrew from the southern gates of the airport in order to regroup for another assault, which will likely come on Friday morning.

According to a military source from the Syrian Arab Army’s 104th Airborne Brigade of the Republican Guard, the estimated death toll for ISIS on Thursday is between 20-30 dead and over 30 wounded.

ISIS has been unable to reinforce their fighters at the airport, thanks in large part to the Russian Air Force, who continues to pick-off the terrorist group’s convoys in the vicinity of the base.

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