The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) launched another large-scale offensive inside the provincial capital of Deir Ezzor on Thursday; however, this time, they targeted the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) controlled Industrial District (Hayy Al-Sina’a) near the western bank of the Euphrates River.
ISIS’ began with the usual VBIED (vehicle borne improvised explosive device) attack that was thwarted by the Syrian Arab Army’s 137th Artillery Brigade of the 17th Reserve Division before it could reach its intended target.
Following the failed VBIED attack, ISIS stormed the Syrian Arab Army’s positions at the Industrial District; this resulted in a six hour long battle that ended with the terrorist group retreating east towards the Euphrates.
According to a military source from the 137th Brigade, ISIS lost well over 40 militants during this failed assault, including their field commander Yahya Al-Ansari and several of his foreign associates.
Some reports from pro-government pages claimed that ISIS lost as many as 120 fighters; however, an official military source denied this number.