BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – Islamic State militants have carried out an opportunist assault against the Syrian Arab Army and allied paramilitary groups near a key city on the country’s border with Iraq.
Recently, an ISIS raiding party attacked Syrian Army positions near the city of Abu Kamal in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor.
The terrorist assault group appears to have advanced out of a large desert region – still yet to be cleared by the Syrian Army – to the west of Abu Kamal and targeted government supply lines near the city.
Using medium and heavy machine guns as well as shoulder-fired rocket launchers (RPGs), Islamic State fighters struck several passing vehicles – one of them a van with a trailer – all of which burst into flames and smoke.
At the present time it is unclear whether or not the targeted vehicles were linked to military logistical duties or just belonged to passing civilians.