The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) has launched several large-scale offensives at the Deir Ezzor Military Airport in the last 14 months; however, they have found little to no success in this military endeavor, as the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldiers at this airbase in eastern Syria prove to be a tough nut to crack for the terrorist group.
On Tuesday, ISIS conducted three suicide bombing operations at the southeastern gates of the Deir Ezzor Military Airport, only to have all three of their vehicles destroyed before reaching their targeted destination; these suicide attacks were followed each time with a wave of militants charging the Syrian Arab Army’s fortifications at the airbase.
With ISIS at the gates of the Deir Ezzor Military Airport, the Russian Air Force quickly arrived to provide relief for the embattled Syrian Arab Army soldiers that have been entrenched at this airbase for several months – the Russian fighter jets did not disappoint.
The Russian Air Force’s SU-24 and SU-25 fighter jets pounded ISIS’ positions near the Deir Ezzor Airport, striking the once predominately Shi’i town of Hatla and the main road used by the terrorist group to reinforce and resupply their militants fighting at the airbase.
According to a military source from the Syrian Arab Army’s 137th Artillery Brigade of the 17th Reserve Division, ISIS suffered over 40 casualties and the loss of a substantial amount of military equipment in their failed bid to break into the Deir Ezzor Military Airport; these losses were due in large part to the Russian Air Force’s participation in the battle on Tuesdsay.
ISIS was eventually forced to withdraw back towards the Artillery Battalion Base in order to avoid the Russian Air Force’s swarming fighter jets striking their positions at the southeastern perimeter of the Deir Ezzor Military Airport.