Day 4 of the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) offensive in the Deir Ezzor Governorate’s northwestern countryside did not go as well as they planned; in fact, the aforementioned terrorist ended up losing ground to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) after launching several attacks at the 137th Artillery Brigade’s headquarters and inside the Al-Baghayliyah District.
The day began with ISIS conducting their 5th assault on the 137th Artillery Brigade’s HQ near the Thurdeh Mountains, striking the Syrian Arab Army’s defenses at both the northern and western flanks of this large facility.
Following a series of violent firefights that lasted until 4 P.M. (Damascus Time) on Tuesday, ISIS was finally routed at both flanks by the Syrian Arab Army’s 137th Brigade of the 17th Reserve Division after sustaining heavy casualties during this failed bid to seize this base.
If the Syrian Arab Army does not counter the ISIS militants in the Thurdeh Mountains soon, they could find themselves in deep trouble at the 137th Artillery Brigade’s headquarters because the terrorist group currently has the high ground.
Despite the situation at the aforementioned base, the Syrian Arab Army’s 104th Airborne Brigade of the Republican Guard was relatively successful on Tuesday, seizing several points from the ISIS terrorists inside the Al-Baghayliyah District.
Once again, ISIS conducted the first assault in the Al-Baghayliyah District, striking Al-Jazeera University and the southeastern perimeter of the Radio Broadcast Tower; however, they suffered significantly high casualties during this attack and as a result, the Syrian Armed Forces were able to launch their own counter-attack.
Images and videos from the Al-Baghayliyah District have confirmed that ISIS is nowhere near the Euphrates Hotel, despite several claims made by the terrorist group’s social media activists.
Moreover, video footage from yesterday’s battle also confirmed that ISIS was not in full control of the Radio Broadcast Tower.
Inside the city, clashes were reported at the public park near Al-Rashidiyah and Al-Jubeilah; the Industrial District (Hayy Al-Sina’a); the Heart Hospital in Al-Haweeqa; the Sheikh Yasseen District; and along Ghassan ‘Abboud Street.
The fighting in northwestern Deir Ezzor dissipated by nightfall on Tuesday, but it will likely pick-up in the coming hours.