BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:50 A.M.) – The situation in Deir Ezzor has never been this dire for the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), as they now find themselves completely surrounded by the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) at the strategic military airport.
On Monday, the Islamic State launched their third push to cutoff the Deir Ezzor Military Airport from the provincial capital, attacking the Syrian Arab Army’s defenses from several axes around the city.
As a result of this push, the Islamic State was able to seize the entire northern flank of the Deir Ezzor Airport; thus, cutting of this strategic military installation from the Syrian Arab Army’s positions at the provincial capital.
While the Syrian Arab Army is attempting to reverse the Islamic State’s gains at the moment, the situation is not likely to get any better in the coming days, as they do not have the high ground and they have no way of getting reinforcements to the airbase via helicopters from Qamishli and Homs.
In the coming hours, the Syrian Arab Army will have to retake the small village of Jiraiya from ISIS if they hope to reopen their supply route to the Deir Ezzor Military Airport.