The Syrian Army (SAA) and its allies have imposed their control of al-Safa amid collapse in ISIS’ positions in this heavily fortified area, a source in the SAA told SouthFront on November 17.
According to the source, the heavy rain destroyed most of the fortifications and hideouts of the terrorist group during the last few days. This forced the remaining terrorists to flee towards the eastern Homs desert, where ISIS maintain a small pocket.
The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) confirmed that the SAA had made a significant advance in al-Safa and said that the highest positions in the area are currently under the army control.
“Our units in the southern region made significant advance in al-Safa and imposed fire control on the remaining ISIS-held positions,” the SANA quotes a military source as saying.
Meanwhile, Syrian pro-government activists reported that the SAA had killed, injured and captured dozens of ISIS fighters during its final push in al-Safa. “Abu Hajar al-Sheshani,” a senior ISIS military commander in the Damascus desert is among the terrorist killed by the army.
The SAA launched its military operation in al-Safa following a brutal ISIS attack on the southern governorate of al-Suwayda in late September. The army faced several major setbacks in the course of the operation. However, it finally achieved success in mid November.