On August 28, ISIS terrorists ambushed several vehicles of the Military Intelligence Directorate (MID) on the Deir Ezzor-al-Mayadin highway.
According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), at least six officers of the MID were killed by the terrorists.
Government forces have been engaged in clashes with ISIS terrorists in southern and western Deir Ezzor for the last two days. The clashes broke out when the National Defense Forces (NDF) had launched a new combing operation in the region.
The clashes have so far claimed the lives of 14 pro-government fighters and five ISIS terrorists, as reported by the SOHR.
ISIS terrorists are apparently attempting to expand their influence from the Homs Desert to Deir Ezzor. The terrorists are reportedly receiving support from U.S.-backed fighters in the area of al-Tanaf. Many of the fighters of al-Tanaf are natives of Deir Ezzor countryside.
More forces are need in Deir Ezzor in order to confront the growing threat of ISIS there. The Syrian military and its allies are yet to send reinforcements, however.