Earlier today, the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) attacked the Syrian Arab Army’s 104th Airborne Brigade of the Republican Guard at the Al-Sina’a Quarter in Deir Ezzor City, attempting to infiltrate from the east. The attacked was repelled by the 104th Brigade, resulting in the death of 23 militants from ISIS (var. ISIL). Among the dead ISIS fighters was the leader of the Al-Ansar Brigades, Zakaria Al-‘Aboush; he was a former member of Free Syrian Army.
Al-Sina’a is the industrial quarter of Deir Ezzor City that was besieged in late August by ISIS – the attack was repulsed, with the 104th retaking lost ground. Opposition sources reported that ISIS broke through the SAA’s frontline defenses; however, this was denied by a military source in Deir Ezzor.
The ISIS militants identified among the dead:
1. Hani Faysal Ahmad Al-Hayo
2. ‘Ali Malaa Al-‘Abid
3. Ahmad Zaher
The 104th Airborne Brigade is on the offensive in Haweeja Sakr (Sakr Island), taking control of another ISIS den located southeast of the SAA’s initial attack. Brigadier General Issam Zahreddine is leading the attack on Sakr Island as his troops aim to build a buffer between ISIS militants and the Old Military Airport District in Deir Ezzor. According to a military source, over 60 ISIS fighters were killed since Saturday night, including a field commander named “’Abdel-Wadood”.
ISIS fighters identified in Hajeewa Sakr:
1. Fouad Sattam
2. Yasser Subhi ‘Abdullah
3. Jamaal ‘Abdel-Majeed Mohammad
4. ‘Ali Moussa
5. Ballah Nasser
6. Hamada Wahaab Al-Mustafa
7. ‘Umar ‘Abdel-Latif Al-‘Abdullah
8. Khalid Manaf Mansour
9. Majd Nouraldeen Al-Anwar
10. ‘Anas Talib Al-Heewani
11. Zi’ad Ayoub ‘Issa