The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) has shifted their attention to a new front in Syria, as they have launched a dual offensive at the Deir Ezzor Governorate and the Kuweires Military Airbase in the southeastern part of the Aleppo Governorate; this assault is part of their contingency to capture these areas under the control of the Syrian Armed Forces.
On Friday, ISIS stormed the western and northern barriers of the Kuweires Military Airbase, where they attempted to break-through the Syrian Arab Army’s frontline defenses; however, ISIS was unsuccessful in breaching the SAA’s fortifications, as the enemy combatants suffered 26 confirmed casualties during their charge.
According to a military source, most of the militants from ISIS that were killed outside of the Kuweires Airbase could not be identified by the SAA soldiers at the base – the source added that many of the ISIS casualties were believed to be foreigners, but this could not be confirmed.
In addition to the fierce clashes that engulfed the Kuweires Military Airbase on Friday, the SAA soldiers protecting the base discovered an unmanned reconnaissance aircraft circling their positions in broad daylight – the soldiers were ordered to down the aircraft and report on their findings.
The SAA soldiers discovered that the reconnaissance aircraft circling their positions belonged to ISIS; it was the third time in three months that an ISIS drone has been downed by the Syrian Armed Forces at the Kuweires Military Airbase in southeast Aleppo.