BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – The ISIS terrorist group has launched an early-dawn raid against positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the Raqqa Governorate’s western countryside.
Based on the photos below, the raid appears to have been carried out by between forty to eighty ISIS fighters mounted into Toyota pickups.
The jihadist faction attacked SAA positions in the al-Wahab field area of western Raqqa Governorate. The raid succeeded in surprising army forces upon the point of contact and enticed them to retreat from the area.
ISIS fighters managed to take over the ceded army positions and seize some weapons and ammunition.
However, not long after withdrawing from the area, SAA forces regrouped and launched a counterattack retaking all of their lost positions in the al-Wahab field area, pushing ISIS militants to abandon their tactical gains and disengage with the loot they managed to attain.
As pro-government forces drive into the Deir Ezzor heartland, more spoiling raids by ISIS, as was experienced today, can be expected; particularly so on the periphery of the main fronts where the terrorist group will hope to take advantage of less suspecting army units.