On April 21, ISIS fighters ambushed a unit of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) west of the city of al-Mayadeen in the southeastern Deir Ezzor countryside, the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq reported. Amaq claimed that ISIS fighters had destroyed an ammo truck and a bulldozer of the SAA.
Amaq also reported that ISIS fighters had destroyed a SAA battle tank, which had been stationed near the ambush area, with an ATGM.
This was the first ambush by ISIS on the western bank of the Euphrates river since it was liberated by the SAA and its allies in late December of 2017. The ambush was likely carried out by the besieged ISIS fighters in the Homs desert, that’s located between the eastern Homs countryside and the southern Deir Ezzor countryside.
According to Syrian pro-government activists, the SAA and its allies are planning to eliminate the remaining fighters of ISIS in the Homs desert in the upcoming months. The long awaited anti-ISIS operation may be launched once the SAA finishes its operation against the terrorist group south of Damascus.