Syrian Army Units Smash ISIS, Reach Key Oil-Rich Area in Deir Ezzur

Syrian Army Units Smash ISIS, Reach Key Oil-Rich Area in Deir Ezzur
Thu Mar 17, 2016 19:27:22

The Syrian Army soldiers backed by the National Defense Forces (NDF) reached the key oil-rich region of Thayyem in the Southeastern province of Deir Ezzor after a 48-hour battle with the militants of the ISIS terrorist group, battlefield reports said.

Along with reaching the Thayyem Oil Fields, the Syrian forces also advanced to the Gas Company Technical Institute after pushing thier way into nearby regions Southwest of the recently-liberated Tharda Mountains in Deir Ezzor province.

Thayyem Oil Fields no longer produce oil, but are still deemed of high value due to their closeness to the Deir Ezzor-Mayadin Highway.

As the Syrian Army forces are attempting to capture the Thayyem Oil Fields and Gas Company Technical Institute, a brigade of the Syrian elite Republican Guards forces backed by the local tribesmen are pushing Southward along the Deir Ezzor-Mayadin Highway in order to take up positions for an eventual assault on the city of al-Muhassan.

Recently, Syrian Army forces carried out an offensive to recapture parts of the international highway to the ancient city of Palmyra, blocking ISIS's supply routes from Deir Ezzor.

Earlier on Thursday, the Syrian army units in the Eastern province of Deir Ezzor blew up a tunnel dug by terrorist groups, killing all militants stationed in the tunnel and other nearby positions.

The 33-meter-long tunnel was dug in al-Jabilah district in the Southwestern parts of Ferdous mosque whose detonation led to the destruction of a two-story base and a house occupied by the terrorists.

All militants inside the base, house and tunnel were killed as a result of the blast, FNA reported.

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