DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:25 P.M.) – Just as the Islamic State’s reign in eastern Syria began to effectively diminish, the terror group launched an all-out counteroffensive on different fronts of the oil-rich province.
Relying on its typical method of attack, the Islamic State detonated 3 VBIEDs in al-Shola town located along the Sukhnah-Deir Ezzor highway, and eventually taking over several parts of town after killing 33 soldiers, including 1 Russian.
Clashes are still ongoing inside al-Shola, according to sources.
The group said that it had captured alive two Russian servicemen and 1 Syrian soldier in the offensive.
Meanwhile in the western bank of the Euphrates, another ISIS suicide bomber blew up its vehicle in an Army garrison, killing 15 Syrian troops.