BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) resumed their military operations in the Deir Ezzor countryside today after failing to advance during yesterday’s attack on the Islamic State’s positions near the Thardeh Mountains.

Led by the Al-Qassem Group of the Republican Guard, the Syrian Arab Army launched several attacks in west Deir Ezzor, targeting the Islamic State’s defenses at the Thardeh Mountains, Hill 17, and Sanouf Hill.

According to a military source in Deir Ezzor, the Syrian Arab Army is attempting to reestablish a presence at the Thardeh Mountains in order to alleviate the pressure imposed on the Deir Ezzor Military Airport by the Islamic State forces.

The Thardeh Mountains were captured by the Islamic State in October, when the U.S. Air Force and their allies bombed the Syrian Arab Army soldiers protecting the area.

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