For the second time this week, the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) has charged the eastern gates of the Deir Ezzor Military Airport after launching simultaneous attacks on the Syrian Arab Army’s defensive positions at the villages of Al-Muri’iyah and Al-Jafra in an attempt to fracture the latter’s frontlines at the base.
The terrorist group’s assault began at 9:30 A.M. (Damascus Time) on Thursday morning, when a large contingent of ISIS fighters surprised the Syrian Arab Army’s 137th Artillery Brigade of the 17th Reserve Division with an attack on the Deir Ezzor Military Airport’s eastern flank, resulting in a series of intense firefights that lasted for over eight hours.
As dusk approached the Deir Ezzor Governorate, the juice behind the terrorist group’s powerful assault seemed to dissipate, as the SAA’s 137th Brigade swept through the surrounding area near the military airport.
With most of their fighters either dead or retreating, the remaining ISIS combatants withdrew from the Deir Ezzor Military Airport’s eastern flank; this failed assault marked the second time this week that the terrorist group failed to take the heavily fortified base.
According to a military source from the 137th Brigade, the Syrian Army killed over 30 enemy combatants from ISIS on Thursday, while also wounding an estimated 25 others during this failed attack by the aforementioned terrorist group.
In addition to their assault on the Deir Ezzor Military Airport, ISIS attacked the Syrian Arab Army’s positions at the villages of Al-Muri’iyah and Al-Jafra; however, they were once again unsuccessful in this endeavor to capture these imperative villages to the east of the military airport.