The Syrian Arab Army’s 137th Brigade of the 17th Reserve Division – in coordination with the 104th Airborne Brigade of the Republican Guard – have reversed much of the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham’s (ISIS) gains in the Deir Ezzor Governorate after the latter launched a month-long offensive that resulted in the capture of a number of points in the provincial capital.
Following their deployment to the Syrian capital of Damascus, the SAA’s 104th Airborne Brigade of the Republican Guard – led by Major General Issam Zahreddine – were redirected to the Deir Ezzor Governorate in order to help recapture Sakr Island and the Industrial District of the provincial capital; within 6 days, they had fully secured the Industrial District, along with their declaration of “fire-control” over Sakr Island.
With the eastern flank of the Deir Ezzor Military Airport left exposed to the swarming enemy combatants, the 137th Artillery Brigade had no choice but to launch a counter-offensive at the villages of Al-Jafra and Al-Muri’iyah in order to forestall ISIS’ progress near the east guard post – they did just that, launching a counter-attack on Thursday at Al-Jafra, followed by Al-Muri’iyah on Friday.
The Syrian Armed Forces caught ISIS by surprise at Al-Muri’iyah, as they overwhelmed the terrorist organization with a barrage of artillery shells, numerous battle tanks, and a multitude of airstrikes from the Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF) that rained down hell over the enemy combatants before the SAA’s 137th Brigade would launch their ground assault.
Unorganized and disillusioned, the Syrian Armed Forces took advantage of ISIS’ plight at Al-Muri’iyah, killing a confirmed 24 enemy combatants from the terrorist group; this was followed by the seizure of four armored vehicles that were mounted with a variety of anti-aircraft machine guns and doshkas (video footage confirmed this).
The Syrian Armed Forces had liberated the village of Al-Muri’iyah by late afternoon on Friday, providing the Division 17’s military commander, General Mohammad Khadour, enough time to inspect this rural area after its capture.