On June 29, ISIS cells conducted a hit and run attack on three positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) on the road between the Zalaf dam and the city of al-Suwayda, according to the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq. ISIS said that its fighters burned the three positions and killed nine soldiers of the SAA during the attack.
A day earlier, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that ISIS managed to recapture several positions in the eastern al-Suwayda countryside from the SAA after a successful counter attack. However, these claims are yet to be confirmed.
On June 7, the SAA and its allies launched a military operation to eliminate the ISIS pocket in the eastern al-Suwayda countryside and secured several key areas. Later on June 17, the SAA began the second phase of its operation and managed to besiege the remaining cells of the terrorist group in a narrow mountainous area.
However, it appears that the terrorist organizations took advantage from the pressure on the SAA in the southern governorate of Daraa and resumed its operations against it in eastern al-Suwayda. The SAA will likely launch a third phase of its anti-ISIS operation, once Daraa is secured.