On August 15, ISIS fighters carried out an attack on several positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies in the southern part of the al-Taim oil field in the southern Deir Ezzor countryside, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).
The pro-opposition monitoring group said that several Syrian soldiers and ISIS fighters were killed during the clashes in the al-Taim oil field.
Since the beginning of this month, ISIS fighters launched several hit and run attacks on SAA’s positions in the southern Deir Ezzor countryside. The previous attacks were launched from the terrorist group’s strongholds along the eastern bank of the Euphrates river, which is supposedly besieged by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
However, this new attack was likely launched from the Homs desert, which lay between the eastern Homs countryside and the western Deir Ezzor countryside. Syrian pro-government activists believe that more than 1,000 ISIS fighters ad commanders are currently hiding there.