The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) suffered a massive blow on Wednesday morning after the Russian Air Force’s SU-24 fighter jets repeatedly bombarded their positions inside the Deir Ezzor Governorate’s western countryside.
The primary target for the Russian Air Force was the Tajikistani Brigade base located inside the town of Hatla; this site was attacked by SU-24s relentlessly, as several ISIS fighters attempted to evade the destruction surrounding this relatively untouched area that once inhabited a small population of Shi’i Muslims.
Unable to move freely across the two riverbanks bordering the vast Euphrates, ISIS attempted to make the best of the situation by attacking the Syrian Arab Army’s defenses at the Deir Ezzor Military Airport, the Old Airport District, the Al-Haweeqa Quarter, and the village of ‘Ayyash; however, they were unable to find any success, as the Russian fighter jets were lurking around the provincial capital all day long.
In east Deir Ezzor, the local tribesmen carried out a powerful surprise assault on ISIS’ defenses inside the town of Jisr Al-‘Asharat, killing as many as ten enemy combatants and destroying several armored vehicles that were mounted with 23mm anti-aircraft machine guns.
According to a military source from the Syrian Arab Army’s 137th Artillery Brigade of the 17th Reserve Division, the tribesmen reported that they killed the ISIS field commander in Al-Mayadeen – he was identified as “Abu Kinana Al-Masri” (Egyptian).