The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldiers protecting vast Deir Ezzor Military Airport have withstood more Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) offensives than any other group participating in this four year long Syrian conflict; and while most analysts and observers have repeatedly predicted their imminent demise, they keep proving their critics wrong.
ISIS has thrown everything at the Syrian Arab Army’s defenses: according to a source from the Syrian Arab Army’s 104th Airborne Brigade of the Republican Guard, the terrorist group has conducted 62 suicide attacks and launched 9 offensives to take the Deir Ezzor Military Airport since August of 2014.
“Our motto is ‘no retreat and no surrender; victory or martyrdom.'”
-1st Lt. ‘Umar Na’im Al-Kartoum of Damascus (137th Artillery Brigade of the 17th Reserve Division)
Unwilling to let ISIS determine their fate, the Syrian Arab Army’s 137th Artillery Brigade – in coordination with the 104th Airborne Brigade and the National Defense Forces (NDF) – launched a massive counter inside the provincial capital of the Deir Ezzor Governorate; this assault was coordinated with the Shaytat Tribesmen of east Deir Ezzor – they attacked the terrorist group at a number of sites on Thursday.
The Syrian Armed Forces surprised ISIS with a large assault at the Artillery Battalion Base to the south of the Deir Ezzor Military Airport; the villages of Al-Muri’iyah and Al-Jafra; and the imperative hilltop of Tal Kroum; these attacks were conducted in conjunction with the Syrian Arab Air Force’s airstrikes on the terrorist group’s positions.
According to a military source from the 104th Brigade, the Syrian Armed Forces captured a number of points to the south of the Deir Ezzor Military Airport, while advancing to the Artillery Battalion Base’s northwestern and northeastern flanks.
The source added that over 30 enemy combatants were killed during the first wave this offensive; this includes a number of foreigners from Tunisia, Iraq, Libya, Morocco, and Egypt.
Also catching ISIS off-guard was the Shaytat Tribesmen, who launched their own offensive inside the town of Yazazloun, attacking the terrorist group in coordination with the Syrian Air Force.
Currently, intense firefights are still ongoing, but both sides are currently deadlocked for control.