On Wednesday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) Tiger Forces and their allies continued their effort aimed at expanding a corridor between the 137th Brigade Base and the government-held area west of Deir Ezzor city.
Last night, ISIS made a series of attempts to cut off the corridor and to re-establish a siege on Deir Ezzor. The terrorist group used at least one SVBIED that allegedly caused some casualties to the SAA but failed to over-run government forces defense lines in the area.
Meanwhile, the SAA, supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces, further advanced against ISIS positions at the Sukhna-Deir Ezzor highway. On Tuesday, pro-government sources reported that the SAA re-entered the Kobajjep area after repelling few ISIS counter-attacks. However, on Wednesday, the area faced another wave of fierce clashes and appeared to be contested again.
ISIS poses a stiff resistance to the advancing government forces in the area of Deir Ezzor. Nonetheless, ISIS units have not been able to pose a real threat to SAA supply lines in the provinces of Deir Ezzor and Homs.
Some local sources say that this is a result of the terrorist gorup’s lack of manpower and military equipment for counter-attacks on multiple frontlines.