BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:55 P.M.) – Amid an ongoing Islamic State offensive in the east Syrian province of Deir Ezzor, the Syrian Army and allied paramilitary forces have endured their worst day of clashes with the terrorist group throughout the region since the start of 2018.
ISIS launched it offensive on the night of Saturday to Sunday, at first targeting the strategic T-2 military airport. This was latter followed up with attacks on and between the government-controlled Euphrates cities of Al-Mayadeen and Abu Kamal.
Within the first several hours of battle, both sides endured dozens killed – almost to the effect of 100 dead in total. By now, the combined death toll has undoubtedly increased to beyond one hundred and perhaps now closer to 200.
At the present time its appears that Islamic State forces have not been able overrun either the T-2 military airport or any key positions around the cities of Al-Mayadeen and Abu Kamal.
The terrorist offensive has been launched out of a vast area of uncleared desert countryside in western Deir Ezzor province thought initially to only have 200 fighters inside it; now it is clear that closer to one thousand militants would be a better guess.