Minutes ago in the Deir Ezzor Governorate’s southwestern countryside, the Syrian Arab Army’s 137th Artillery Brigade of the 17th Reserve Division – backed by the National Defense Forces (NDF) – reached the important Thayyem Oil Fields after a 48 hour battle with the militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS).
In addition to reaching the Thayyem Oil Fields, the Syrian Armed Forces also advanced to the Gas Company Technical Institute after pushing southwest of the recently liberated Thardeh Mountains (Jabal Thardeh) in the Deir Ezzor Governorate’s southwestern countryside.
While the Thayyem Oil Fields no longer produce oil; it is still an important military site that is strategically located near the ISIS-controlled city of Mohassan along the Deir Ezzor-Mayadeen Highway.
With the Syrian Arab Army’s 137th Brigade attempting to capture the Thayyem Oil Fields and Gas Company Technical Institute, the 104th Airborne Brigade of the Republican Guard – backed by the Shaytat Tribesmen – are pushing south along the Deir Ezzor-Mayadeen Highway in order to position themselves for an eventual assault on the city of Mohassan.
Recently, the Syrian Armed Forces have taken advantage of ISIS’ mass mobilization of fighters to the Palmyra front by launching their own offensive to recapture parts of the international highway and block the supply routes from Deir Ezzor.