On Friday, the Russian Federation’s Air Force carried out an important attack on the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham’s (ISIS) main supply route, destroying a bridge that links the east and west districts of Deir Ezzor City, which are separated by the vast Euphrates River.
As a result of this devastating aerial attack, the Russian Air Force successfully cutoff ISIS’ vital supply line to their embattled fighters entrenched inside the provincial capital of the Deir Ezzor Governorate and its large Military Airport that is located outside of the city’s walls.
On Saturday morning, the Syrian Arab Army’s 137th Artillery Brigade of the 17th Reserve Division – in coordination with the 104th Airborne Brigade of the Republican Guard, the National Defense Forces (NDF), and the Shaytat Tribesmen – launched a counter-attack outside of the Deir Ezzor Military Airport, targeting ISIS’ positions at the captured Army Base and the Missile Battalion Base.
In addition to the assault on the Army Base and the Missile Battalion Base, the Syrian Armed Forces and Shaytat Tribesmen countered ISIS at the villages of Al-Muri’iyah, Al-Jafra, and Tal Kroum, where they attempted to recapture several sites that the terrorist group took control of during their two week long offensive.
With nightfall approaching, the Syrian Armed Forces halted their assault in favor of the Russian Air Force’s fighter jets to weaken the terrorist group’s defenses around the provincial capital; this proved successful, as ISIS sought shelter from the flurry of airstrikes that fractured their frontlines.