Humeimim airbase announced in a statement on Thursday that satellite images show that the ISIL is recruiting and reinforcing itself in Deir Ezzur after receiving aid from the bordering areas in Eastern Syria in February.
Meantime, local sources reported that heavy infighting is underway among the ISIL terrorists in areas still under their occupation in Deir Ezzur, adding that the foreign members of the terrorist group seek to appoint a new commander to replace Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
They added that the Syrian and Iraqi members of the ISIL are strongly opposed to choosing a successor for Baghdadi, noting that one of the Tunisian ISIL commanders has been killed by the Iraqi members in Southeastern Deir Ezzur during the infighting.
A number of gunmen, including two senior commanders, were killed in a fresh round of clashes among ISIL terrorists in Southeastern Deir Ezzur on Sunday.
Abu As’ad Soudani along with two other ISIL militants were killed by a number of defected members of the terrorist group in the town of al-Sha’afa in Southeastern Deir Ezzur.
Abu Khalid al-Tunisi, another ISIL commander that had previously cut off relations with al-Baghdadi, was gunned down by some ISIL members in a small pocket of land that is still under ISIL’s control Southeast of the province.
The fresh clashes among ISIL terrorists erupted after non-Syrian members of the group named Abu Fatimah Tunisi as their candidate as the successor of al-Baghdadi.