The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) had a rough start to the weekend in Deir Ezzor, thanks in large part to the Syrian Arab Army’s 104th Airborne Brigade of the Republican Guard.
On Friday, ISIS attempted to launch a counter-attack near the Panorama Checkpoint in west Deir Ezzor; however, this assault would prove costly, as they lost several fighters before retreating west along the International Highway.
Following ISIS’ failed assault, the Syrian Arab Army’s 104th Brigade – backed by the 137th Artillery Brigade of the Republican Guard and Hashd Al-Sha’abi (Iraqi paramilitary) – conducted their own counter-attack that resulted in a steady advance towards the Armenian Cemetery.
According to a military source at the Deir Ezzor Military Airport, the Syrian Armed Forces killed an estimated 30+ ISIS fighters on Friday, including several foreign fighters from Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Morocco.
The Syrian Armed Forces are still on the move tonight, targeting the remaining ISIS fighters at the Armenian Cemetery’s eastern perimeter.
In addition to the Syrian infantry’s assault, the Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF) has launched a series of overnight airstrikes that targeted ISIS’ defenses at the Tayyem Valley near the Tayyem Oil Fields.