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:

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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.

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Floriangeyer
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Floriangeyer
2017-07-20 01:39

Why were the desert raiders not spotted by SAA intelligence assets ? The desert is very rugged but there seems to have been a failure of the defence tactics.

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SeanInNYC
2017-07-20 03:37
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ISIS is attacking non-hardened, lightly guarded sites far away from the front lines. These have no strategic value and likely poor discipline the result of Months of inaction. They are solely propaganda, morale efforts.

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ziad
2017-07-20 10:18
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ikr w*f how can this have happened with all the russian intel and high tech surveillance,,should they not be watching every inch of the desert??

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igybundy
2017-07-20 12:48
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Because they get logistic support from the US.

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Adz
2017-07-20 15:09
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Such hit and run raids while costly for the SAA is a necessary lesson for it too. I know its a long time coming, but counter measures will be in place eventually. Besides, I look at this raid as more of a propaganda piece than anything else.

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JJPeregrine
2017-07-20 01:07

Stay strong, all friends of Syria, regroup, fight another day.

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Kopfz
2017-07-20 01:14

Looks like the SAA need to get some spotters out, and call in for some chopper support to end these hit-and-run attacks.

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Deo Cass
2017-07-20 04:30

Until ISIS is defeated constant aerial surveillance by the SAA and the Russian forces is a must. I don’t think though ISIS came from Deir Ezzur. I would rather say they came from Iraq.