The army men, deployed in al-Thardah mountain, stormed ISIL’s positons and pushed the gunmen back from a number of positions along the Deir Ezzur- al-Mayadeen road.
In the meantime, the Syrian Air Force and the army’s missile units pounded ISIL’s movements in the region, inflicting major losses on the terrorists.
Relevant reports said on Thursday that the Russian submarines fired Kalibr 10 cruise missiles from the Mediterranean hitting terrorist targets in Syria.
The Russian Defense Ministry said that the strikes were to support Syrian troops waging ground offensive in Deir Ezzur province.
The submarines ‘Veliky Novgorod’ and ‘Kolpino’ launched 10 Kalibr missiles on Thursday when patrolling the Mediterranean, ministry spokesman General Igor Konashenkov told reporters, RT reported.
The spokesman said the submarines fired the missiles while submerged.
Before the missile strikes, Russian surveillance detected ISIL targets in Deir Ezzur province, including command centers, large ammunition depots and hangars housing terrorists’ armored vehicles, the ministry added.
“To hit these targets, Velikiy Novgorod and Kolpino submarines of the Black Sea Fleet have performed two multiple launches of Kalibr cruise missiles from the Mediterranean,” the spokesman said.
The targets were located outside the Syrian town of Mayadin, he added.
Syrian troops are now on their ground offensive in the area near the Euphrates River, getting close air support from the Russian military.