Over 1,000 ISIS members with battle tanks, artillery pieces and other equipment have entered Syria from Iraq, the Russian Ministry of Defense said on Friday.
According to Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the Russian General Staff Col. Gen. Sergey Rudskoy, the terrorists came from the provinces of Anbar and Nineveh.
The 1,000-strong group of terrorists took part in a large-scale assault of 3,000 terrorists against government forces in central Syria.
The general added that 450 of these terrorists carried out an attack against Syrian government forces from the area of At Tanf controlled by US-led coalition forces. Separately, mobile groups of this ISIS force attacked the Sukhna-Deir Ezzor highway.
The attacks were repelled by government forces backed up by the Russian Aerospace Forces.
Rudskoy added that government forces are “successfully” developing momentum near Deir Ezzor city.
“Assault units of General Hasan Sukhel with the support of Russian air forces have completely liberated the right bank of the Euphrates to the north-west and west of the city, establishing control over the area of 4,600 square kilometers,” Rudskoy said.
The general added that Russian forces pay special attention to eliminating of top terrorists across Syria adding that “since early October, 31 of them have been killed.”