On Tuesday, the Syrian Arab Army’s 137th Artillery Brigade of the 17th Reserve Division – in coordination with the 104th Airborne Brigade of the Republican Guard, the National Defense Forces (NDF), and the Shaytat Tribesmen – launched a powerful assault on the village of Al-Khareetah in the Deir Ezzor Governorate’s northeastern countryside, where they targeted the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham’s (ISIS) main supply route the province.
Under intense pressure from the Syrian Armed Forces, the terrorist group sent a large wave of reinforcements from the Iraqi border-city of Al-Qa’im in order to forestall the advance and secure their main supply route along the Raqqa-Deir Ezzor Highway.
The reinforcements arrived just in time for the terrorist group, as they were able to fend-off the powerful assault near the Raqqa-Deir Ezzor Highway; however, there are still violent clashes taking place near the Palmyra-Deir Ezzor Highway that leads to the ISIS-controlled city of Al-Sukhanah in the Homs Governorate’s eastern countryside.
According to a military source in the SAA’s 137th Brigade, ISIS social media activists posted false reports about their fighters attacking the Deir Ezzor Military Airport, along with reinforcements being sent to help capture this imperative base.
The Deir Ezzor Airport was relatively untouched this past week, despite repeated claims by ISIS social media activists of “infiltrations” and the capture of territory surrounding the base.
Fierce firefights were also reported between the Syrian Armed Forces and ISIS at Ghassan Abboud Street and the Al-Haweeqah, Al-Rashidiyah, Al-‘Amal, Al-Rusafa, and Al-Jubeileh Districts of Deir Ezzor City.