DAMASCUS, SYRIA (0:00 P.M.) – ISIS is putting up quite a fight in eastern Hama, defying the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) during its bid to expel jihadists from the governorate.
Amaq Agency footage emerged on Thursday afternoon showing the destruction of a tank and BMP-1 following a brief battle with government forces. At least a handful of SAA soldiers also appeared to have been killed-in-action:
With SAA commanders focused on acchieving and holding territorial gains, ISIS has instead opted for a fighting withdrawal strategy, conducting raids across eastern Hama to inflict heavy casualties on government forces and capture spoils of war.
With clashes ongoing along the entier Hama frontier, the Russian Air Force has begun non-stop sorties against ISIS militants to dislodge them from the rural territory in central Syria.