The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) has launched another large-scale offensive against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and National Defense Forces (NDF) in eastern Syria; however, this time at the province of Deir Ezzor and the encircled Kuweires Military Airbase in southeast Aleppo.
Prior to the start of this offensive at Kuweires Military Airbase, the militants from ISIS sought to weaken the SAA’s fortifications at the surrounding villages in order to position themselves for their primary assault that was launched on Thursday morning in the southeastern sector of the Aleppo Governorate.
ISIS did just that on Thursday morning, as they would storm the SAA’s barricades that surround Kuweires Military Airbase at the western and southern flanks; this militant assault was meant to overwhelm the entrenched and embattled soldiers protecting this strategic airport.
Unfortunately for the swarming ISIS militants, they were met with fierce resistance from the soldiers protecting the southern and western guard posts, resulting in the death of over 25 armed combatants and the eventual repelling of this coordinated offensive at Kuweires Military Airbase.
Meanwhile, in southeast Syria, ISIS has reportedly sent over 1,0o0 recently trained combatants to the Deir Ezzor Front after these men completed their “Jihadist training” near their stronghold of Al-Mayadeen.
According to a source in Deir Ezzor, the militants from ISIS have attacked the Al-Rashidiyah, Sheikh Yasseen, Hatla, Al-Sina’a (Industrial), and Al-Haweeqah Quarters in the provincial capital, while they also assaulted the perimeter of the Deir Ezzor Military Airport from Al-Mari’iyah and Al-Jaffra.
At the long-time contested island of Haweejah Al-Sakr, ISIS launched another attack in order to clear out the SAA’s 104th Airborne Brigade of the Republican Guard – they were reportedly unsuccessful.