DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:30 A.M.) – With looming defeats in Mosul and Raqqa, the Islamic State appears to have turned its attention on Deir Ezzor in a bid to defeat the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) garrison in the besieged eastern city.

Targeting weak points in the SAA’s line of defense, ISIS launched a localized offensive at the mountainous area southwest of Deir Ezzor in a bid to roll back recent government gains en route to the encircled southern airport.

Amaq Agency published photos of the attack which nevertheless yielded zero jihadist gains:


Contrary to virtually all other regions, ISIS still holds the upper hand in Deir Ezzor where SAA contingents have very few disposable armored vehicles, thus preventing rapid government gains that are highly dependent on infantry advances.

Prior to encirclement of Mosul and Tal Afar, the Islamic State withdrew hundreds of tanks and armored vehicles to Syria as these are not suitable for urban warfare.

But ISIS continues to deploy them to deadly effect around Deir Ezzor which also houses the largest percentage of so-called caliphate cubs (child soldiers) compared to all other frontlines.

Click here for an interactive battle map of Deir Ezzor and Syria.

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7 Comments on "In pictures: ISIS tanks, heavy weaponry deployed against the Syrian Army in Deir Ezzor"

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steven clark

If there is so many tank’s why is Russian and Syrian plane’s not taken them all out ,I wish Russian army chiefs would put a shit load of new fighter’s in deir azzor with load’s of tank missiles and take them all out it’s like there playing a game, USA have been hitting Isis from the start Russian army was very late hitting Isis don’t know what there waiting for!!!!

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I think the Russia plays double game

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I agree with you, Russians are playing gain games here…Trump has joined in.

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Russia apparently does not want a Deir ez Zour offensive so they are not helping in any way.

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It says tanks AND armed vehicles, not only tanks. Too many here has tanks traumes seeing them as miracles and ultimative.

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It is not problem for Russian and Syrian aicrafts to destroy them

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These weapons are coming from turkey and turkey is now with Russia so ? It is not problem for Russian and Syrian aicrafts to destroy them. Onlzy Russia, Iran and Hezballah are in Syria legaly. There should have been no fly zone long time ago.

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