On Saturday morning, the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) launched their largest offensive in the Deir Ezzor Governorate since December 2014, attacking several sites that were under the control of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their allies near the provincial capital’s northwestern countryside.
For ISIS, this Deir Ezzor offensive got off to a great start on Saturday, as their fighters captured the large Ayyash weapons depot and the entire Al-Baghayliyah District after a violent battle with the Syrian Arab Army’s 104th Airborne Brigade of the Republican Guard and the 137th Artillery Brigade of the 17th Reserve Division.
Following the capture of the aforementioned sites in northwestern Deir Ezzor, the ISIS terrorists captured the Thurdeh Mountains (Jabal Al-Thurdeh) at the southwestern perimeter of the 137th Artillery Brigade’s Headquarters, seemingly reversing the recent gains made by the Syrian Arab Army’s 137th Brigade at the Thayyem Oil Fields just two days earlier.
While halting ISIS’ advance on Sunday, the Syrian Arab Army was only able to recapture the village of Al-Baghayliyah and half of the district that included the Al-Rawad Association Neighborhood and the Al-Furat Hotel on the western bank of the Euphrates River.
Fast forward to Monday, the Syrian Arab Army’s 104th and 137th Brigades were finally able to see some real progress in Deir Ezzor’s northwestern countryside, capturing the Al-Fursan Gas Station, Al-Jazeera University, and the western perimeter of the Radio Broadcast Tower.
Despite their success in northwestern Deir Ezzor, the Syrian Armed Forces still found themselves under attack at the 137th Artillery Brigade’s Headquaters, where the fiercest firefights were reported from inside this desert province in eastern Syria.
Currently, the Syrian Armed Forces are attacking ISIS at both the ‘Ayyash weapons depot and inside the Al-Bughayliyah District; meanwhile, the terrorist group is attempting to advance at the 137th Brigade’s HQ and the Deir Ezzor Military Airport – the next few hours will be critical for both sides.