In late August, the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) successfully thwarted the Syrian Arab Army from the Ar-Raqqa Governate, following their capture of Tabqa Airbase. However, the Syrian Air Force repaid a visit to their old airbase, bombarding ISIS militants with a multitude of airstrikes at Tabqa Airbase early Sunday morning. The bludgeoning by the Syrian Air Force was relentless, with over 30 airstrikes reported at Tabqa Airbase and the Tabqa National Hospital, where ISIS militants had a large presence.
According to a military source, ISIS suffered heavy casualties after a Syrian Air Force jet struck a warehouse that contained a captured scud missile from the offensive at the base. It is believed that Syrian Air Force Intelligence had infiltrated the ISIS network, providing the detailed location of all heavy arms stored at the base. The airstrikes also destroyed two Abrams Tanks (originally belonged to the Iraqi Army), multiple Humvees and Toyota pick-up trucks, and military motorbikes that were also believed to have originated from Iraq. The estimated death-toll was around 60 ISIS militants; however, this is not confirmed.
Elsewhere, the Syrian Air Force conducted 22 airstrikes in east Aleppo today, targeting the ISIS-held villages of Al-Bab and Deir Hafer. The bombardments were aimed at destroying ISIS bases and warehouses that stored weapons and ammunition. ISIS activists confirmed that the organization suffered significant casualties, amid the persistent bombardment of their positions in east Aleppo.