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BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:39 P.M.) – Pro-government forces based in Deir Ezzor, despite the sheer level of strategic disadvantage that plagues them, continue to score sound tactical and operational victories against their ISIS besiegers.
In the most recent clashes between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Islamic State in the area of Deir Ezzor, the terrorist group lost eighteen (18) fighters killed as well as one (1) armored vehicle and two (2) Toyota pickups fitted with machine guns destroyed. This came about when the SAA targeted ISIS movements and forward rally points in Deir Ezzor’s cemetery area, the Al-Rashdiyah District, the Panorama area and near the 137th Brigade Base.
Furthermore, SAA transport helicopters have made a series of resupply runs to Deir Ezzor city in the past several days after the SAA built a new landing area for its helicopters near the 137th Brigade Base; the SAA was pushed to do this after ISIS captured the SyriaTel hill which gave the terrorist group fire control over the old helicopter landing area. In this latest resussply effort, more than 10 SAA helicopters have landed in past 5 days carrying with them ammo, food and fresh manpower.
Despite the predicament of being completely besieged behind enemy lines to a depth of at least 100 kilometers, pro-government forces and the residents of the government-held sections of Deir Ezzor city nonetheless continue to receive new ammunition, food and reinforcements via an air bridge which is maintained by the Syrian Arab Air Force and Russian Aerospace Forces.
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:42 P.M.) – Heavy clashes continue between pro-government forces – represented by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the National Defense Forces (NDF) and allied paramilitaries – and the jihadist-led Army of Muhammad operations room, comprising the Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS; previously Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) terrorist group and Free Syrian Army (FSA) Islamist faction, around the city of al-Baath in Quneitra Governonate. In this ongoing battle, the Israeli regime has been providing direct support for jihadist-led forces by carrying out airstrikes in favour of their operations and attending to their wounded fighters.
Yesterday, the Army of Muhammad operations room launched a second wave of attacks on pro-government forces near al-Baath in what appears to be an ongoing offensive to capture the city; this new push came immediately after the Israeli Air Force struck pro-government forces in and around the city, killing several soldiers and destroying a number of tanks and fire support positions. Nonetheless, the SAA and its allies have managed to repel all attacks on the city and military checkpoints surrounding it.
According to military sources in the area, more than 40 jihadists of HTS have been killed and some 100 plus injured over the past three days of the battle for al-Baath. Many of the injured jihadists have been hospitalized in Israeli field hospitals set up near the Golan border; this is by no means a recent phenomenon for Israel has been known to be providing medical support to Golan-based jihadists since at least as far back as 2013.
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