On Thursday morning, the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) suffered a devastating blow to their central command during operations at the Deir Ezzor Military Airport.
The lead commander of operations at the Deir Ezzor Military Airport – “Abu Hamza Al-Tounisi” (Tunisian) – was reportedly killed by the Syrian Arab Army’s 104th Airborne Brigade of the Republican Guard after he attempted to lead the charge on the latter’s defensive positions at the Deir Ezzor Military Airport.
Not much is known about Abu Hamza Al-Tounisi; however, according to Syrian military intelligence, he was one of ISIS’ most trusted commanders and a dear friend of Sheikh Ibrahim Abu Bakr (ISIS leader).
The death of Abu Hamza Al-Tounisi wasn’t the only commander that ISIS lamented on Thursday: Abu Mohammad Al-Hamwi and Abu Umar Al-Baghdadi (Iraqi) were also killed by the Syrian Arab Army’s 104th Brigade at the Deir Ezzor Military Airport after their failed infiltration attempt.
Three other important ISIS members were killed on Thursday, including ISIS’ chief spokesman in Deir Ezzor “Abu Khattab Al-Shami”, and two foreign field commanders “Abu Umar Al-Tajiki” (Tajikistani) and “Abu Mahrous Al-Jabari” (Saudi).
Thursday marked the bloodiest day this week in Deir Ezzor, as ISIS suffered over 60 casualties during their failed bid to infiltrate into the Deir Ezzor Military Airport and the Sina’a District of the provincial capital.