With a sandstorm sweeping through most of Syria, the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) decided to take advantage of the absent Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF) due to this meteorological phenomena by launching another large-scale assault on the Deir Ezzor Military Airport’s exterior defenses.
Similar to their previous attacks, two ISIS suicide bombers slammed their T-55 Tank and BMP vehicle into the eastern walls of the Deir Ezzor Military Airport; this successfully propelled the terrorist forces into the base’s enclosure before reinforcements from the Syrian Arab Army’s 137th Artillery Brigade of the 17th Reserve Division arrived on the scene.
According to a military source at Brigade 137 in Jabal Bardeh (Deir Ezzor), the ISIS suicide bombers loaded their armored vehicles with vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED) before they reached the walls of the military airport.
Following the suicide bombings, ISIS stormed the Agricultural Building and the Artillery Battalion Barrier, where they were confronted by the SAA’s 137th Brigade, the 104th Airborne Brigade of the Republican Guard, and the National Defense Forces (NDF).
Despite claims that ISIS captured the Artillery Battalion Barrier, sources from the Syrian Armed Forces denied the capture of this aforementioned area – firefights are still ongoing.
ISIS would launch another three suicide attacks at the eastern perimeter of the Deir Ezzor Military Airport; however, two of the suicide bombers were killed before they could reach their destination – the other suicide bomber missed his target.
In addition to their assault on the Deir Ezzor Military Airport, the terrorist group has conducted an assault at the Al-Muri’iyah Farms to the east of the base; this area is imperative due to its proximity to the airport.
ISIS launched two suicide attacks at the Al-Muri’iyah Farms, but they did little damage to the Syrian Armed Forces’ defenses.
Firefights are still ongoing between ISIS and the Syrian Armed Forces, as they both exchange heavy gunfire in an attempt to gain the upper-hand at the Deir Ezzor Military Airport.