BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:50 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a new offensive dubbed “Operation Assad Leap” in Deir Ezzor, Friday, with the sole objective of lifting the nine month long siege on the military airport.
Led by the Tiger Forces, the Syrian Arab Army launched several attacks across the western countryside of Deir Ezzor, striking the Islamic State (ISIL) at several weak points in order to position themselves to lift the siege on the airport.
The first Syrian Army unit to make some headway during this offensive was the Al-Qassem Group of the Republican Guard; these forces would liberate the large hilltop of Talat ‘Alloush after a fierce battle with the Islamic State.
Talat ‘Alloush is located in the Deir Ezzor provincial cemetery, which is located just north of the military airport.
The Syrian Army also managed to destroyed one tank and one pick-up truck that belonged to the Islamic State forces in the Deir Ezzor cemetery.