According to the ministry, the fighting occurred in the Deir ez-Zor Governorate in the dark time when several mobile terrorist groups attacked an artillery battery of the Syrian government forces.
In the end, 200 to 300 of the attacking fighters were killed. The others retreated under merciless airstrikes from the United States, returning later to retrieve their battlefield dead. None of the Americans at the small outpost in eastern Syria — about 40 by the end of the firefight — were harmed.
Bevor die Schlacht begann, hatten Amerikaner und Russen Kontakt gehabt (über eine permanente Verbindung mit dem russischen Hauptquartier in Syrien). Weil die Russen erklärten, dass in der fraglichen Region keine eigenen Soldaten im Einsatz seien, entschieden die Amerikaner, den anrückenden Gegner zu vernichten. «Und so war es dann», sagte US-Verteidigungsminister Jim Mattis kürzlich bei einer Senatsanhörung.
Deir Ezzor, SANA – Upon directives from President Bashar al-Assad, a government delegation headed by Prime Minister Imad Khamis began on Sunday a work visit to Deir Ezzor province to inspect the services, development, and economic situation in the province.
This announcement comes just hours after Syrian Prime Minister ‘Emad Khamis visited the Euphrates River Valley to oversee the restoration of electricity to this region of eastern Syria.