The Syrian Arab Army’s 104th Airborne Brigade of the Republican Guard is on the move in the western countryside of the Deir Ezzor Governorate, capturing large swathes of territory back from the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) after losing it in late January.
Following the liberation of Jabal Thardeh on Tuesday morning, the Syrian Armed Forces advanced to the Thayyem Oil Fields, which are no longer in use, but they are strategically located near the imperative city of Mohassan and ISIS’ oil supply route from southern Deir Ezzor.
Since losing the ability to transport oil from Iraq to Turkey, ISIS has relied on their large supply routes through the Syrian provinces of Al-Hasakah, Deir Ezzor, and Al-Raqqa.
However, their exodus from the majority of the Al-Hasakah (specifically Al-Shadadi) Governorate has forced them to rely on the supply roads from Deir Ezzor, east Homs, and Al-Raqqa.
Well, the recent advance by the Syrian Armed Forces on Tuesday has left the terrorist group’s large oil tankers stranded as they are picked off on the international highway near the village of Al-Shoulah.
According to a military source in Deir Ezzor, the Syrian Arab Army’s 104th and 137th brigades picked off a convoy of oil tankers near Al-Shoulah on Tuesday evening, causing a massive explosion along the international highway.
ISIS typically transport oil at night in order to evade any lurking enemy aircraft; however, their roads are no longer safe, with the Syrian Army now present on the international highway.