Two days ago, rumors surfaced that the Syrian Arab Army’s 104th Airborne Brigade of the Republican Guard and the 137th Artillery Brigade in the Deir Ezzor Governorate were preparing to withdrawal from this province, due to the recent losses at the provincial capital and east Homs, resulting in the applied pressure by the SAA’s Central Command to bring back these contingents.
Al-Masdar News contacted a number of sources in the Deir Ezzor Governorate to get the bottom of these rumors and after speaking to members of the 104th Airborne Brigade, they have assured the network that these reports were in fact fabricated and possessed nothing factual, as the Syrian Armed Forces have actually recaptured the entire Industrial District (Al-Sina’a), while also declaring fire-control over Sakr Island.
Moreover, the Pro-Opposition “Al-Souria.net” alleged that their sources in Al-Jawra (likely “Al-Jafra”) and Al-Qusour have reported a manpower shortage in the Syrian Armed Forces because of the lack of “patrols” passing through their neighborhoods; this report perturbed Al-Masdar’s sources because the civilians that lived in the village of Al-Jafra have fled towards the provincial capital after the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham’s (ISIS) attack in October of 2014.
On Wednesday morning, the militants from ISIS attacked the Syrian Air Defenses and the SAA’s 104th Brigade at the eastern perimeter of the Deir Ezzor Military Airport; however, this assault by the terrorist group was repelled after they clashed with the Syrian Armed Forces for two hours.
Fierce firefights between ISIS and the Syrian Armed Forces were also reported at the Al-Rusafah, Al-‘Arfa, Al-Rashidiyah, Al-Kanamat, and Al-Haweeqa Quarters of the provincial capital, along with skirmishes at the villages of Al-Shoula, Al-Jafra, and Al-Muri’iyah.