On Sunday morning, the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) launched another powerful assault on the Deir Ezzor Military Airport, where they attempted to breach the Syrian Armed Forces frontline defenses at the eastern perimeter of the base for the third time this week and the second time in the last 48 hours.
However, the militants from ISIS were in for a surprise, as a contingent of soldiers from the Syrian Arab Army’s 104th Airborne Brigade of the Republican Guard were positioned 200 meters from the eastern guard post in order to lay an ambush on the enemy combatants heading towards the Deir Ezzor Military Airport.
As the militants from ISIS approached the ambush point, the SAA’s 104th Airborne Brigade detonated a roadside bomb that destroyed one of the armored vehicles in the convoy; this was followed up with the soldiers opening fire on the enemy combatants, killing 22 militants and wounding another 14 others before ISIS was forced to withdraw from the airport’s vicinity.
After they successfully obstructed ISIS’ advance on the Deir Ezzor Military Airport, the SAA’s 104th Airborne Brigade – in coordination with the SAA’s 137th Brigade of the 17th Division – carried out a fierce assault on the village of Al-Muri’iyah, capturing most of the farms at the northern sector before night on Sunday.
Nearby Al-Muri’iyah, the SAA’s 137th Brigade continued their assault on the militants of ISIS at Al-Jafra, killing 11 militants and seizing a large supply of weapons from warehouse during a violent confrontation at the village’s eastern corridor.