Damascus, Syria (5: 00 P.M.) – Another major assault launched by the self-proclaimed Islamic State on the eastern city of Deir Ezzor has been thwarted by the Army troops as the terror group amassing more jihadists to storm the government-held parts of the embattled city.
According to a military source, ISIS jihadists attempted to break through the Army’s defensives in the western flanks of the city’s airbase; the Syrian Army’s last military outpost in the province, resulting in a ferocious 8 hour-long clashes.
The attack was eventually foiled, leaving around 60 ISIS militants killed and injured, destroying 1 23 mm machinegun-fitted truck, in addition to seizing a BMP-1 vehicle.
The airbase-based artillery units conducted heavy shelling on ISIS targets in several neighborhoods and towns. Meanwhile, Syrian and Russian fighter jets pummeled the terror group’s positions around the Panorama area and Thardeh Mountain.
The Islamic State is intensifying attacks on the Syrian troops in Deir Ezzor as it loses more ground to the US-backed Kurdish forces and the Syrian Army in Raqqa and the Syrian desert respectively.
According to local reports, ISIS managed to gather more than 1000 of its militants – mostly of Caucasian origin who were fighting the Syrian Army in east Aleppo countryside – for an upcoming full-scale offensive to capture Brigade 137 located to the northwest of the city’s airbase.