DAMASCUS, SYRIA (10:50 P.M.) – A new wave of ISIS attacks targeted the isolated Deir Ezzor Airbase on Thursday as jihadist combattants tried to break into the city’s only airport.
Two large explosions, believed to be a suicide bombings, rocked the Liwaa Al-Ta’meen area (yellow circle on the map) near the airport while clashes were observed around the entire perimeter of the airfield, causing some concern for besieged Syrian troops.
As darkness settled over the beleaguered eastern city, initial reports suggested that the 104th Airborne Brigade of the Republican Guard was holding its ground and fending off the Islamic State onslaught. Nevertheless, the jihadist attacks continue as we speak.
The intensified attacks on Deir Ezzor comes amid credible reports that the SAA will embark upon a major military campaign, ultimately looking to link the government mainland in western Syria with the besieged city of Deir Ezzor.