BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – Islamic State forces have conducted several powerful surprise raids near the ancient city of Palmyra in eastern Homs province, reportedly inflicting some losses on the Syrian Army.
According to sources, ISIS militant struck government forces at three points between Palmyra and the T-3 pumping station along the desert back road leading to Abu Kamal.
Islamic State media reports say that the raids resulted in the death of some Syrian troops, the destruction a military vehicle destroy and a 122-mm artillery gun and the capture of another military vehicle.
Al-Masdar News reached out to a Syrian Army source on the matter – whilst confirming that such an attack had taken place, they were unable to confirm if losses were suffered.
Overall, the terrorist raids near Palmyra come as a surprise due to the fact that no attack by ISIS has been conducted in the area for at least two months until now. In any case, the event serves as a testament to the ongoing insurgency being waged by Islamic State forces in Syria’s vast eastern desert.