Late on December 20, ISIS cells attacked an isolated checkpoint of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the southern Aleppo countryside.
In a press release, the terrorist group’s news agency Amaq said that three soldiers who were manning the checkpoint were killed in the attack.
“Islamic state fighters burned the checkpoint after capturing it, they also seized two motorcycles, some weapons and ammunition, then they safely withdrew from the position,” the press release reads.
The targeted checkpoint is located east of the town of Khanasir, which controls a road linking Aleppo’s city center with the rest of the country through Hama.
The incident marks the first confirmed attack by the terrorist group against government forces in Aleppo in more than a year.
The attack was likely launched from the northeastern Hama desert, which has been witnessing an increasing presence of ISIS cells. Earlier this week, the terrorist group’s fighters launched an attack from their hideouts on the M20 highway that links Deir Ezzor with Homs.