On April 28, ISIS fighters attacked several positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the villages of Ashayir, Sukkariyah and al-Hiri in the southeastern Deir Ezzor countryside with recoilless rifles, the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq reported.
These attacks were likely carried out by the besieged ISIS fighters in the Homs desert that’s located between the eastern Homs countryside and the southwestern Deir Ezzor countryside.
The SAA launched a security operation in the eastern part of Homs desert on March 29 in order to counter the threat of ISIS there. On April 27, the SAA finished clearing most of the eastern parts of Homs desert and reached al-Hasyan area.
According to Syrian pro-government activists, the SAA and its allies are planning to launch a large-scale military operation that’s aimed at eliminating the besieged ISIS fighters in the entire desert. However, such an operation will likely not begin before the militants’ pockets south of Damascus city and in the northern Homs countryside are cleared.
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