ISIS terrorists backpedal in southwest Deir Ezzor as Syrian Army advances
Just 24 hours after repelling the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham’s (ISIS) counter-offensive at the Deir Ezzor Military Airport’s southeastern perimeter, the Syrian Arab Army’s 104th Airborne Brigade of the Republican Guard – in close coordination with SAA’s 137th Artillery Brigade of the 17th Reserve Division, the Shaytat Tribesmen, and the National Defense Forces (NDF) – resumed their assault on the Al-Thayyem Oil Fields, striking the terrorists at the northern wells near the Al-Thardeh Mountains on Friday afternoon.
The Syrian Arab Army’s 104th Airborne Birgade and their allies (specifically, the Shaytat Tribesmen) were able to recapture the northern wells of the Al-Thayyem Oil Fields after withdrawing from them on Thursday in order to counter ISIS’ large-scale assault on the Deir Ezzor Military Airport’s southeastern perimeter.
According to a military source at the 137th Artillery Brigade’s headquarters in the Al-Thardeh Mountains, the Syrian Armed Forces are in the process of liberating the remaining wells at the Al-Thayyem Oil Fields; however, they are facing off against a large number of ISIS terrorists unwilling to yield any ground without a fight.
Meanwhile, northwest of the Deir Ezzor Military Airport, the Syrian Arab Army’s 137th Artillery Brigade advanced along the International Highway that flows through Deir Ezzor (also known as the Damascus-Baghdad Highway), fighting their way westward in order to build on the buffer-zone around the provincial capital’s western flank.