DAMASCUS, SYRIA (10:00 A.M.) – The Islamic State seem intent on capturing Syria’s eastern city of Deir Ezzor and has effectively intensified its attacks on government-held districts and an isolated airport south of the city.
Under the guise of a sandstorm, ISIS unleashed the bulk of its offensive on Sunday, deploying six child suicide bombers to combat the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). Fresh jihadist attacks were launched on Monday in a bid to capture Deir Ezzor Airbase.
Amaq released six pictures depicting more conventual war methods used on Monday, showing ISIS units utilizing a variety of tanks and technicals in the battle for Deir Ezzor.
The SAA is on the defensive in Deir Ezzor and relies mostly on airstrikes to prevent the Islamic State from mobilizing its forces for a general offensive.
If ISIS was to capture Deir Ezzor city entirely, it could set up a secondary capital and free up thousands of fighters for duties elsewhere in Syria and Iraq.
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