Minutes ago in the western countryside of the Deir Ezzor Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army’s 104th Airborne Brigade of the Republican Guard – alongside the 137th Brigade of the 17th Reserve Division, the National Defense Forces (NDF), and the Shaytat Tribesmen – liberated the Thardeh Mountains (Jabal Thardeh) after a violent battle with the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) this morning.
In addition to liberating the Thardeh Mountains, the Syrian Armed Forces also advanced to the Thayyem Oil Fields in western Deir Ezzor for the first time since mid-January when ISIS launched a large-scale offensive around the provincial capital.
The Syrian Armed Forces are currently involved in an intense battle with the ISIS terrorists that are positioned at the Thayyem Oil Fields; however, the aforementioned terrorist group is in a fragile state after sending many of their reserves to the Palmyra front.
Despite the Syrian Arab Army’s advance this morning, ISIS has been on the offensive on several occasions in the last few weeks, including a large-scale offensive in the provincial capital yesterday.
Should the Syrian Armed Forces recapture the Thayyem Oil Fields from ISIS, they will be in position to strike the imperative city of Mohassan in southern Deir Ezzor.