BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:07 P.M.) – A huge ISIS offensive that was launched against the Syrian Arab Army and allied forces in the western countryside of Deir Ezzor province has backfired hard for the terrorist group which has now suffered major losses among its ranks as a result.
The Syrian Arab Army and allied paramilitary groups have wholly repelled an Islamic State offensive that was unleashed against their positions along the western shore of the Euphrates River on Thursday morning.
The countryside north and west of the city of Abu Kamal witnessed fierce clashes as ISIS attempted to wrest control of the towns of Al-Kishma, Al-Asharah, Subaikhan and Gharebah via attacks from both the east shore of the Euphrates and the Deir Ezzor desert.
According to military-affiliated sources, the terrorist group lost 25 fighters killed in action as well as two armored vehicles destroyed. The assault party was virtually annihilated.
Some of the most experienced units available to pro-government forces which specialize in the defense of countryside areas are present along the western Euphrates shore – including the recently arrived Al-Rida Forces, a trans-paramilitary unit within the Syrian Army (proper) exclusively made up of native Syrian Hezbollah members.