It did not take long for the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) to shift their attention to the imperative Syriac Christian city of Sadad in the Homs Governorate’s eastern countryside, as they launched repeated attacks on the Syrian Armed Forces’ frontline defenses around the eastern flank.
The terrorist group began their assault on Sadad at 10 A.M. (Damascus Time) this morning, striking the city’s eastern defenses that are controlled by a joint contingent of fighters from the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP) and the National Defense Forces (NDF).
Despite their repeated attempts to infiltrate into Sadad’s eastern sector, ISIS was finally routed by the Syrian Social National Party and the National Defense Forces – with the help of the Russian Air Force’s fighter jets – after a long six hours of non-stop fighting between the two opposing parties.
According to a military source inside the city of Sadad, the Syrian Armed Forces killed over 20 enemy combatants from ISIS, including Ahmad Radwan Balous, Sharif Thabet Al-Za’im, Mohammad Waleed Dandashi, Fouad ‘Umar Al-Mastouma, Mohammad Mahmoud Al-Mohammad, and Ghassan Zaid Al-Khartoum.
ISIS is likely to resume their assault in the coming hours; however, unlike the town of Maheen, the city of Sadad is well-fortified and entrenched with several fighters from the Syrian Social Nationalist Party and the National Defense Forces.