For the first time in six days, the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) has been absent from the Deir Ezzor Military Airport front, giving the embattled soldiers from the Syrian Arab Army’s 137th Artillery Brigade of the 17th Reserve Division and the 104th Airborne Brigade of the Republican Guard a much needed break from this volatile battle.
However, ISIS’ absence from the Deir Ezzor Military Airport front was not by choice; it was mandatory for the terrorist group, as they have suffered a significant number of casualties as a result of their aggressive attempts to bypass the Syrian Arab Army’s defenses at the southeastern gates of this large airbase in the vast desert area of eastern Syria.
ISIS’ casualties sky-rocketed once the Russian Air Force entered the battle at the request of the Syrian Arab Army; this proved to be the difference maker during the terrorist group’s repeated infiltration attempts, as they would encounter several airstrikes from the Russian SU-24 fighter jets repeatedly circling their positions at the villages of Al-Muri’iyah and Al-Jafra.
On Thursday morning, ISIS chose to shift their attention to the battle inside the provincial capital in order to sideline the Russian Air Force and attempt to advance their positions at the Al-Sina’a (Industrial) and Al-‘Amal Quarters.
Unfortunately for ISIS, these attacks on the Syrian Arab Army’s positions at the Al-‘Amal and Al-Sina’a Quarters proved relatively ineffective, as the pro-government forces successfully repelled all of the terrorist group’s infiltration attempts.