DAMASCUS, SYRIA (5:00 P.M.) – Syrian Army successfully thwarted an attack of the so-called “Islamic State” (IS, or also ISIL/ISIS) militants on the strategic Salamiyah – Ithriyah road.
IS jihadists began their assault early in the morning storming several points near Wadi Auzaib area controlled by Syrian Arab Army (SAA). Violent clashes outbroke as a result and continued until approximately 8:00 A.M. (local time).
After several hours of fighting, SAA managed to repel the attack forcing jihadists to retreat. Soon afterwards, the road was reopened for civilian vehicles.
According to a military source, Syrian Army lost 5 fighters, including 2 officers. Another 20 soldiers are injured. Casualties in the ranks of IS are currently unknown.
Jihadists try to utilize such blitz raids in a bid to slow down SAA offensive in eastern Aleppo countryside and prevent government forces from sending reinforcements to the region. However, it is obvious that IS militants no longer possess enough manpower to conduct powerful attacks in the area, like it was in 2015 and 2016 when the Khanasser – Ithriyah – Salamiyah supply line was completely cut off.