DAMASCUS, SYRIA (11:30 P.M.) – Car bombs, artillery guns, machine-gun manned pickup trucks and Inghimasi fighters (elite infiltration unit) were all deployed by the Islamic State on Thursday in yet another assault on the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions in eastern Homs.
Attacking the newly liberated hill of Mashirfah, ISIS militants managed to kill a couple SAA soldiers and seized some armaments before withdrawing to their initial positions.
Photos released by Amaq Agency on Thursday showed a suicide bomber blowing himself up amid the onslaught on the imperative hilltop that overlooks many key neighboring sites:
Two photos of dead SAA soldiers were also published by Amaq Agency in the same batch but Al-Masdar News has decided not to release the graphic images.
Over the past 24 hours, the Islamic State has unleashed a handful of short-lived offensives against the SAA, targeting government forces across several points in southern Raqqa, eastern Homs and on the southern border with Iraq.
Worth noting in this regard remains that fact that ISIS did not gain a single inch of ground but simply looked to inflict as many human and material losses upon the SAA as possible.
This attacks are by no means random either; they look to discourage the SAA from its strategic pincers towards Deir Ezzor, an eastern city which has been subject to an ISIS-imposed siege since 2014.