TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iraqi fighter jets struck the military positions of the ISIL terrorist group in Eastern Deir Ezzur, destroying their weapons cache and killing several senior terrorist commanders, the Iraqi sources said.
“At least seven ISIL commanders were killed in Iraqi air raids on the terrorists’ military positions in Eastern Deir Ezzur,” the Arabic-language al-Maloumeh news website quoted a Hashd al-Sha’abi (popular forces) commander as saying on Thursday.
Hashd al-Sha’abi commander Qatari al-Abidi said that a number of ISIL terrorists were also wounded in the Iraqi airstrikes on their positions in al-Souseh region in Eastern Deir Ezzur along Iraq-Syria border.
Al-Abidi, meantime, said that the ISIL’s arms cache was also destroyed in Eastern Deir Ezzur.
In a relevant development on Wednesday, the Syrian Army forwarded more troops and military equipment to the Eastern deserts of Deir Ezzur, preparing for a large-scale operation to hunt down the remaining pockets of the ISIL terrorists.
The army dispatched the 4th Division and a part of Presidential Guard Forces to the Eastern desert of Syria from the small town of al-Dowayer up to the town of al-Hari near border with Iraq in Southeastern Deir Ezzur.
The army’s growing military buildup in the Eastern desert of Deir Ezzur indicates that the government forces are preparing for a major operation to purge the entire region of the ISIL terrorists and put an end to any movement of the terrorists between Syria’s Deir Ezzur desert and Iraq’s Anbar.
The army’s main objective is restoring sustainable security to the borders with Iraq.
Also on Monday, the army forwarded a large number of troops, including the 5th Division, more tanks and armored vehicles to the small towns of al-Sukariyah and Huweija al-Moshahedah near the town of Albu Kamal near the border with Syria.
In the meantime, tens of army men, a number of Russian forces, several cannons and heavy weapons arrived at Deir Ezzur military airport and were further sent to regions near the small town of al-Dowayer.
The army’s military buildup in Eastern Deir Ezzur near the border with Iraq signifies Damascus’ plan to kick off a major operation to hunt down the remaining pockets of the ISIL still operating in the desert-like region.