BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:05 A.M.) – The so-called “Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham” (ISIS) launched a powerful assault around the provincial capital of Deir Ezzor on Thursday, targeting the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions at the imperative Al-Rashidiyah District and military airport.
ISIS began the assault at 8 A.M. on Thursday morning, when a large number of their fighters stormed many military sites in Deir Ezzor, resulting in a long battle that lasted for several hours.
According to a military source in Deir Ezzor, at one point ISIS had attacked the airport, Al-Jubeileh, Al-Rashidiyah, Al-Hawiqa, Al-Sina’a, Al-Rusafah, Al-Baghiliyah, and Tal Brouk simultaneously; this forced the Syrian Arab Army to send a large number of reserves to the front-lines in order to forestall the terrorist group’s advance.
Despite the intensity and size of the attack, the Syrian Arab Army was able to foil the terrorist offensive in Deir Ezzr on Thursday, killing and wounding several terrorists in the process.
In the coming days, the Islamic State is expected to launch more attacks in the Deir Ezzor Governorate, as their forces look to close-in on the provincial capital and military airport.