The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) launched several large-scale offensives this past weekend that targeted the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) defenses at the Deir Ezzor Military Airport; the strategic Khanasser-Aleppo Highway in east Hama; and the towns of Al-‘Aziziyah and Tal ‘Arn in the Aleppo Governorate’s eastern countryside.
While all of these offensives started off successfully for ISIS, they came at a heavy cost of life; this cost eventually proved too much for the terrorist group, as they withdrew from several points at the Deir Ezzor Military Airport and along the Khanasser-Aleppo Highway.
Undoubtedly ISIS’ most costly battle took place along the Khanasser-Aleppo Highway, as they attempted to cutoff the Syrian Government’s only supply route to the Aleppo Governorate; this military endeavor proved successful until their body count started to rise significantly after the failed infiltration into the imperative town of Ithriyah.
According to a military source from the National Defense Forces (NDF) inside the large city of Al-Salamiyah in east Hama, ISIS’ death toll is estimated between 100-120, while the Syrian Arab Army and their allies only suffered a total of 41 casualties during the battle for the Khanasser-Aleppo Highway.
Among the dead ISIS combatants killed by the Syrian Arab Army’s 66th Brigade of the 11th Tank Division was the terrorist group’s Saudi field commander “Abu Usama Al-Jazrawi.”
Meanwhile, at the Deir Ezzor Governorate, ISIS reportedly lost 60 fighters during their attempt to breach the Syrian Arab Army’s defenses at the Military Airport’s southeastern gates – most of these terrorist casualties were caused by the Russian Air Force’s relentless airstrikes.
Finally, there was the recent battle for Tal ‘Arn and Al-‘Aziziyah in east Aleppo; this assault proved to be the terrorist group’s most successful and least costly offensive, as they lost an estimated 40-50 fighters en route to the capture of Tal Reeman and Al-Salihiyah from the Syrian Armed Forces.
All-in-all, ISIS suffered a significant number of casualties over the past 72 hours, marking the conclusion of one of their bloodiest weekends with a total death toll that exceeds 200 fighters.