A resounding explosion rocked today morning the eastern entrance of Salamiyah city in the western region of Syria.
The ISIS-orchestrated suicide bombing, which occurred at 6:00 am local time, targeted the Batatah checkpoint (located nearly 1 km to the east of the city), leaving 2 soldiers dead, 4 others wounded.
The deadly and entirely unexpected blast took place concurrently with a wider assault by the terror group on the strategic Artillery Base 20 km to the east amid the group’s bid to open new battlefronts against the Syrian Army and allied forces. ISIS has recently suffered massive setbacks in Aleppo’s eastern countryside thanks to SAA’s elite Tiger forces.
The blitz forced the forces defending the Artillery Base to withdraw from a small village called Attaibeh to the east. However, ISIS’ victory lasted only a few hours before the government’s Armed Forces recapture the village, destroying at least 2 tanks and killing scores of Jihadis.
In a relative context, local activists reported heavy sorties conducted by the Russian and Syrian warplanes against ISIS positions in the area.
Days earlier, ISIS captured the strategic town of Khanasser, thus cutting off the main supply route to Aleppo. Though the Syrian Army and allied forces retook the town along with many other hilltops, the route is still cut off.
The failed assault is seen by analysts as a desperate attempt by the world-terror organization to regain ground after being ousted from many strategic locations by Syria’s Armed Forces and Kurdish fighters as well.
When asked about the motives behind the recent offensives, an analyst, who spoke in the condition of anonymity, told Al Masdar that regional countries opposing the Syrian ceasefire and secretly backing up ISIS, namely Turkey and Saudi Arabia, are desperately trying to achieve some gains and eventually hinder any political solutions to the war-torn country.