On Friday morning in the Hama Governorate’s eastern countryside, the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) launched a powerful assault on the village of Mafkar Al-Sharqiyah inside the Al-Salamiyah District, targeting the Syrian Arab Army’s defenses at the eastern flank.
The ISIS assault began at approximately 8:30 A.M. (Damascus Time) when they sent a VBIED (vehicle borne improvised explosive device) towards the Syrian Arab Army’s checkpoint outside of Mafkar Al-Sharqiyah.
Luckily, the checkpoint guards outside of Mafkar Al-Sharqiyah destroyed the VBIED before it could reach its intended destination.
Once the VBIED assault failed, ISIS launched their ground assault on the Syrian Arab Army’s defenses; however, they were unable to infiltrate the latter’s positions after nearly 2 hours of battle.
ISIS would later withdraw their fighters from the vicinity of Mafkar Al-Sharqiyah once Russian fighter jets joined the battle and began striking their positions.
According to a military source in Al-Salamiyah, the Syrian Arab Army’s 66th Brigade of the 11th Tank Division lost 4 soldiers during the battle with ISIS on Friday morning, while ISIS’ losses are estimated between 10-15 combatants.