BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 A.M.) – It has become apparent that the final phase of the Syrian Arab Army’s offensive to clear the western shore of the Euphrates River between the cities of Deir Ezzor and Abu Kamal has witnessed one of the highest usages of car bombs by ISIS per area of operations and time period.
In the words of a Syrian Army Tiger Forces soldier, recently quoted over pro-government social media, “Daesh’s SVBIEDs [car bombs] came to us in packs to hinder our advance.”
The Syrian Army source also added that “the hardest moments of life is to see one of the vehicles of death coming towards you to splatter your guts everywhere,” insisting nonetheless that “their [Daesh’s] SVBIEDs still couldn’t save them [from ultimate defeat].”
Syrian pro-government forces, led by the army’s elite Tiger Forces Division, commenced the final stage of their offensive to clear ISIS elements from the western shore of the Euphrates River just over two weeks ago.
Considering that cities like Deir Ezzor, Al-Mayadeen and Abu Kamal had already been liberated, it was assumed that the last string of towns and villages dotting the western Euphrates shore were going to be easy work.
In the event, ISIS offered a then hitherto unseen degree of resistance at towns like Al-Qurayya and Al-Asharah, as well as at Salhiyah where car bombs and small counterattacks delivered a significant amount of damage on Syrian Army ranks.
Several days ago, Syrian pro-government forces officially completed their clearance of the western Euphrates shore, declaring it to be free of ISIS.