Syrian Soldiers Preparing for Large-Scale Anti-ISIL Offensive in Deir Ezzur
The sources said that the army’s 104th Airborne Brigade and Al-Qassem Group will lead the assault on ISIL’s concentration centers, alongside the 123rd Brigade of the 3rd Division and 137th Artillery Brigade of the 17th Reserve Division.
They added that the army soldiers will attempt to recapture the Deir Ezzur provincial cemetery and al-Thardah mountain that overlook Deir Ezzur’s strategic military airport.
Currently, a number of army soldiers are under seige at the Deir Ezzur Airport as ISIL maintains control over the main road leading from the provincial capital to the military installation.
Reports said on Tuesday that the army troops in a preemptive move targeted the gatherings and movements of the ISIL terrorists in the Western outskirts of Deir Ezzur, preventing their move towards the city’s districts.
The army soldiers stormed ISIL’s gathering centers and movements in al-Sonouf hill near 137th regiment region and foiled their attack on al-Tanmiyeh district in the Western outskirts of Deir Ezzur city, killing the entire members of the group and destroying their equipment and bulldozer.
A source in Southern Deir Ezzur said that nine ISIL terrorists were killed in clashes with the army men in al-Maqaber (cemetery) region.