by Leith Fadel
DEIR EZZOR, SYRIA (12:30 P.M.) – The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) launched a new offensive in the Al-Sina’a District of Deir Ezzor on Monday, targeting the Syrian Arab Army’s defences from the Saqr Island axis near the Euphrates River.
ISIS began the assault by launching several missiles and mortar shells towards the Syrian Arab Army’s positions at the western bank of the Euphrates; this forced the 242nd Regiment to withdraw towards the Al-Sina’a District.
Following the 242nd’s withdrawal to Al-Sina’a, ISIS landed at the western bank of the Euphrates, launching their attack on the district from this axis.
With the 242nd under attack, the Syrian Arab Army’s “Qassem Group” (Special Forces) arrived in Al-Sina’a to help drive back the terrorists storming the district’s eastern perimeter.
These reinforcements would prove necessary, as the Qassem Group pushed the Islamic State militants back across the river after an intense battle on Monday.