BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:25 A.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS) launched a massive offensive at the Deir Ezzor Airport on Sunday night, targeting the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) at the northern flank of this military installation.
ISIS began the assault by storming the Al-Maqabar area and Ta’ameen Brigade base at the northern flank of Deir Ezzor Airport; this resulted in a series of intense clashes at around 11 P.M. (Damascus Time) on Sunday evening.
Despite the intensity of the Islamic State assault tonight, they were unable to achieve to penetrate the Syrian Arab Army’s front-lines, resulting in their eventual withdrawal.
According to a soldier in Deir Ezzor, the Islamic State assault on the airport was mostly defended by joint forces comprised of the Syrian Arab Army’s “Nafiz Asadullah Squad” and local tribesmen.
In response to the Islamic State’s offensive tonight, the Russian Air Force has carried out several airstrikes inside the Deir Ezzor Governorate, hitting the terrorist group’s main supply lines from Mohassan.