The Deir Ezzor Military Airport has been the scene of some of the most violent firefights around Syria, as the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) has sacrificed several fighters in an attempt to take control of this strategic site in eastern Syria.
On Thursday morning, ISIS launched another large-scale assault on the Deir Ezzor Military Airport’s eastern perimeter, striking the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) defensive positions at the Ceramic Factory and the military terrain that separates the village of Al-Jafra and this integral base.
Unfortunately for ISIS, this large-scale assault on the Deir Ezzor Military Airport ended in disaster once again, as the Syrian Arab Army’s 137th Artillery Brigade of the 17th Reserve Division and the 104th Airborne Brigade of the Republican Guard overpowered the encroaching terrorists and conducted a counter-attack to retake the territory they lost last week at the eastern flank.
According to a soldier from the Syrian Arab Army’s 104th Airborne Brigade, the Syrian Armed Forces cleared a little over 200 meters of territory at the eastern perimeter of the airport, while also killing over 30 enemy combatants from ISIS before the aforementioned terrorist group retreated towards the destroyed suspension bridge that leads to the eastern bank of the Euphrates River.
For ISIS, this disastrous assault marks the first time since late October that they charged the eastern perimeter of the Deir Ezzor Military Airport; previously, they attempted to advance through the southern flank of the airbase.