DAMASCUS, SYRIA (7:00 P.M.) – On Saturday, the Islamic State downed a Russian reconnaissance drone in rural Deir Ezzor using anti-aircraft weaponry.
The pickup truck, manned by an ISIS child fighter, shot the Russian aircraft down near the town of Al-Shulah, located on the highway leading to Deir Ezzor. Al-Shulah was notably liberated by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) earlier this week:
Russian surveillance drones have played an instumental role in supporting the SAA’s ongoing Deir Ezzor offensive and has provided Moscow’s warplanes with pinpoint coordinates for sorties against ISIS insurgents.
About an hour ago, the SAA remarkably lifted the siege of Deir Ezzor Airbase too, thus connecting both eastern pockets with the government mainland in western Syria.