On December 2, ISIS terrorists massacred ten people after setting up a fake checkpoint on a key road in the western countryside of Deir Ezzor, which is controlled by Syrian government forces.
The terrorists managed to reach the road, which links the towns of al-Madhul and al-Bu Juma’a, after a successful infiltration. There, they set up their checkpoint for a good while.
At the checkpoint, the terrorists stopped a mini truck that was carrying two local sheepherders, a mini van carrying seven workers of the Syrian Petroleum Company who were returning from al-Kharatah oil field, and a motorcycle with a service member from the Syrian Arab Army 17th Division.
All ten people were executed by ISIS terrorists, who set the dead bodies and the vehicles on fire before withdrawing back to Deir Ezzor’s western desert.
Following the deadly attack, the National Defense Forces (NDF) deployed a large force along al-Madhul-al-Bu Jama’a road. NDF fighters rescued a man who was wounded by ISIS terrorists and they are currently working to secure the area.
ISIS stepped up its operations in the government-held part of Deir Ezzor recently. On November 13, at least seven fighters of a tribal pro-government formation known as “Usud al-Sharqiyah” were killed in an ambush set by the terrorist group’s cells near the town of al-Masrab in the northern countryside of the governorate.
Syrian government forces and their allies, including the Russian Aerospace Forces, will likely respond to ISIS massacre in western Deir Ezzor very soon. A large-scale operation to clear and secure the region seems very possible.