On Monday morning, the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) launched a powerful counter-assault at Al-Muri’iyah after the Syrian Arab Army’s 137th Artillery Brigade of the 17th Reserve Division and the 104th Airborne Brigade of the Republican Guard captured this village near the Deir Ezzor Military Airport, resulting in the latter building on their buffer-zone around the base’s outskirts.
However, the militants from ISIS were not prepared for the fierce resistance they encountered at the Potato Farms in Al-Muri’iyah, as the SAA’s 137th Artillery Brigade – in coordination with local tribal fighters and the 104th Airborne Brigade – repelled the enemy combatants attempting to regain the territory they lost at this village in the western part of the Deir Ezzor Governorate.
Unsuccessful at Al-Muri’iyah, ISIS chose to attack the Syrian Air Defenses at the Deir Ezzor Military Airport under the cover of heavy rain and thunderstorms; this did make a difference to the soldiers entrenched at the eastern guard post, as they were able to fend off the enemy combatants from the terrorist group that were attacking their frontline defenses on Monday morning.
The Syrian Armed Forces did not remain idle, however, they would launch a fierce assault on ISIS’s main supply route that runs through the Al-Firat and Al-Husseiniyeh Districts of Deir Ezzor City, killing 27 enemy combatants and destroying three armored vehicles mounted with 23mm anti-aircraft machine guns that belonged to the terrorist organization.
In addition to their strikes on Al-Firat and Al-Husseiniyeh, the Syrian Armed Forces targeted the militants from ISIS at Al-Haweeqah District in northern Deir Ezzor City, where they were able to capture two building blocks en-route to capturing 60 percent of this ISIS stronghold.
According to a military source, there were a number of clashes at the Al-Jubeileh, Al-Rashadiyah, the Old Airport, Dawar Ghassan ‘Aboud, and Sheikh Yasseen, Al-Kanamat Districts of Deir Ezzor City.
ISIS attempted to infiltrate into the Industrial District of Deir Ezzor City on late Monday afternoon; unfortunately for the militants of ISIS, they were unsuccessful in gaining any ground, while also sustaining heavy casualties that included the Saudi terrorist “Abu Aymen Al-Sa’oudi” and the Kuwaiti terrorist “Abu Thabet Al-Kuwaiti.”