BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:10 P.M.) – On Thursday, ISIS launched a major offensive operation against the Syrian Arab Army and allied paramilitaries along the western shore of the Euphrates River in the province of Deir Ezzor. The resulting engagement lasted an entire day and ended with a clear victory for pro-government forces; nonetheless, both sides endured losses.
For ISIS, the quick but high-pitched battle was nothing short of a slaughter – not untypical of every other time the terrorist group has launched a short-sighted do-or-die style assault against Syrian Army lines – with 25 fighters being killed.
However, despite fully repelling the Islamic State offensive, Syrian pro-government forces were not without their own losses, suffering about half as many deaths of their opponents in the battle to the effect of thirteen troops.
Most of the Syrian soldiers were reportedly from the 5th Assault Corps outfit and had been killed during the early phase of the engagement at which time ISIS had the element of surprise.