BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:05 A.M.) – Forces of the Syrian Arab Army have captured from ISIS a loot of vehicles that were used by the Salafist armed group to attack a key city in Homs province almost three months ago.
On Thursday, Syrian state television (SANA) released footage showing the spoils left behind by ISIS after army-led forces cleared the ancient desert oasis city of Al-Qaryatayn from jihadist militants in mid-October of this year.
The footage shows several armed Toyota pickups (commonly referred to as technicals), a bulldozer (used to build positions and defenses in the desert) as well as a number dump trucks that were used for secretly transporting Islamic State fighters into the city.
On October 1, ISIS carried out a shock attack behind Syrian Arab Army lines in central Homs, capturing Al-Qaryatayn (which was barely even defended by pro-government forces) with about one hundred fighters.
Three weeks later, Syrian army-led forces liberated the city. Whilst most Islamic State militants inside Al-Qaryatayn were killed, some fled into the desert.