On Sunday morning, the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) shifted its focus from the Deir Ezzor Military Airport to the imperative village of Al-Jafra after several failed attempts to bypass the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) frontline defenses at the airbase.
Risking the lives of many combatants in order to attack the Syrian Armed Forces’ defensive positions at Al-Jafra, ISIS sent wave after wave of fighters to storm the village’s southern perimeter, disregarding the high death toll that was sure to come from this large-scale assault.
For five hours, the terrorist group and the Syrian Arab Army’s 137th Artillery Brigade of the 17th Reserve Division traded blows in order to gain the upper-hand at this fertile village’s farm area; but unfortunately for ISIS, their attempt to advance at Al-Jafra proved too difficult, as the lack of tanks and heavy armory made them easy targets for the 137th Brigade’s superior weapons.
According to a military source from the 137th Brigade, the Syrian Armed Forces lost a total of 17 soldiers during the intense clashes at Al-Jafra; meanwhile, the terrorist group lost an estimated 40-60 combatants during their charge.
Despite ISIS social media activists declaring victory at Al-Jafra, the Syrian Armed Forces protecting the village provided pictures from the southern perimeter that confirmed the terrorist group’s failed advance.
Elsewhere, the Syrian Arab Army’s 104th Airborne Brigade of the Republican Guard confronted a large ISIS contingent at the village of Al-Muri’iyah, where the aforementioned terrorist group attempted to break-through the SAA’s defensive positions; this assault was repelled.