The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham’s (ISIS) largest assault on the Deir Ezzor Military Airport has not gone according to plan for the terrorist group, as both the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) 137th Artillery Brigade of the 17th Reserve Division and the 104th Airborne Brigade of the Republican Guard proved unwilling to concede any territory to the encroaching Islamist combatants.
On Sunday morning, ISIS provided little resistance to the Syrian Armed Forces’ relentless shells that struck their positions to the east of the Al-Muri’iyah Farms; this passiveness was coupled with their weak assault on the Army Base to the northeast of the Artillery Battalion Base.
According to a military source from the Republican Guard inside Deir Ezzor, drone images displayed a large convoy of ISIS militants withdrawing from the Military Airport to the eastern countryside of the province; this is due to the recent offensive launched by the Shaytat Tribesmen inside Al-‘Asharat – a town in east Deir Ezzor.
The Shaytat Tribesmen stormed ISIS’ large base at the Al-Hikmat Hospital, taking advantage of the terrorist group’s weak defenses after hundreds of the terrorists went to assist their comrades besieging the Syrian Army’s fortifications at the Deir Ezzor Military Airport.
For ISIS, they have historically made pacts with the Deir Ezzor tribes in order to avoid any violent confrontation; however, the Shaytat Tribesmen have recently wrecked havoc around the ISIS-controlled cities of Mohassan, Abukamaal, and Al-Mayadeen, furthering the terrorist group’s plight.