On Sunday morning, the people of Deir Ezzor woke-up to their yearly dust storm that submerges this densely populated desert-city in eastern Syria with large volumes of sand, as powerful winds from this meteorological phenomena sweep through this area unexpectedly.
For the Syrian Armed Forces’ stationed inside Deir Ezzor, the poor visibility has been a thorn in their side due to the constant threat posed by the encroaching terrorists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS), who never miss an opportunity to take advantage of these volatile conditions for their own gain.
Not surprising, the ISIS terrorists bombarded the provincial capital with a barrage of mortar shells and rockets before they rushed the eastern gates of the Deir Ezzor Military Airport, where they found the Syrian Arab Army’s 137th Artillery Brigade of the 17th Reserve Division fully prepared for this assault.
The terrorist group’s attack on the Deir Ezzor Military Airport turned into a disaster, as their vehicles roamed through a vast minefield near the eastern gates, resulting in the destruction of four armored vehicles before they came under heavy fire from the Syrian Armed Forces; this prompted the ISIS terrorists to halt their attack and withdrawal to the east.
Meanwhile, southwest of Deir Ezzor City, the Syrian Arab Army’s 113th Brigade – in coordination with the Shaytat Tribesmen – carried out a counter-assault at the Al-Tayyim Oil Fields, killing 19 enemy combatants from ISIS before they imposed full control over this area to the north of Mohassan.
Despite repeated attempts to capture territory from the Syrian Armed Forces in Deir Ezzor, ISIS has repeatedly experienced one disappointment after another, as these attacks usually come with an adverse effect.