DAMASCUS, SYRIA (0:30 A.M.) – On Wednesday afternoon, a large ISIS convoy drove from southern Deir Ezzor towards the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) newly liberated border with Iraq.
After breaching the SAA’s first line of defense and overrunning a neighboring encampment in southeastern Homs, the Islamic State forced an army garrison to flee their positions, seemingly without providing much of a fight against the large jihadist fighting force:
According to an Al-Masdar News military source, many SAA soldiers were gunned down in the border offensive while a few soldiers were even taken captive. The Islamic State also sustained an equal number of casualties during what proved to be a raid.
The source told Al-Masdar News that the SAA quickly regrouped and retook all lost positions hours later, when the ISIS convoy withdrew back into Deir Ezzor with some spoils of war.
Over the past three weeks, the Islamic State has unleashed seven consecutive hit-and-run attacks on the SAA in this volatile desert region while raids are even more frequent across the border in western Anbar.