As it has been repeatedly repeated before ISIS units operating in the Homs-Deir Ezzor desert and along the border with Iraq still pose a significant security threat.
On June 3, ISIS units crossed the Euphrates River from its eastern bank and attacked positions of the Syrian Army and its allies in the village of Hasrat. This attack was repelled by government forces.
Then, ISIS units attacked the villages of Jalaa and Saiyal from the desert area on the western bank of the Euphrates. However, this attack was also repelled by June 4.
In both cases, ISIS were able to capture some positions on the western bank of the Euphrates. Some sources even speculated that the terrorist group used this time to transfer some of their members from the encirclement in the area of Hajin, on the eastern bank, to the Homs desert.
The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have repeatedly declared an aim to capture Hajin and the nearby villages from ISIS. However, so far, this has not been done.