On Sunday morning, the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) launched a large-scale assault on the Syrian Arab Army’s Regiment 137 Base in the provincial capital of the Deir Ezzor Governorate, targeting the northeastern guard tower with a barrage of mortar shells and rockets before a vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) was sprung towards the base’s entrance.
The VBIED was unsuccessful in reaching its destination at the northeastern entrance of Regiment 137 Base, as the Syrian Arab Army soldiers from this regiment in the 17th Reserve Division destroyed the vehicle as it approached the vicinity of their guard post.
Following their failed VBIED attack, a large contingent from the terrorist group charged the southeastern guard post of the Regiment 137 Base, where they ran into fierce resistance from the Syrian Arab Army soldiers, who mercilessly opened fire on the encroaching enemy combatants from ISIS.
According to a military source from the 137th Regiment, the SAA soldiers killed a confirmed 29 ISIS combatants during the failed infiltration attempt at the Regiment 137 Base.
Regiment 137 Base sits on top of the Al-Thardeh Mountains that are located to the northwest of Deir Ezzor City; it has recently been the target of ISIS’ military endeavors after numerous failed attempts to breach the SAA’s 137th Regiment’s defensive positions at the Deir Ezzor Military Airport.
To the northwest of the Regiment 137th Base, firefights between ISIS and the Syrian Armed Forces were reported at Al-Radeisat Street in the Al-Jubeileh District and at the Niqbanshidi Checkpoint in the Al-Haweeqa District.