ISIS fighters launched a new attack from their hideouts in the Homs desert on the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) positions in southern Deir Ezzor on June 23.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), four pro-government fighters were killed and ten others were injured in the attack, which targeted positions of the army and its allies near the city of al-Mayadin.
Such attacks have become a common occurrence around the Homs desert, which spreads between western Deir Ezzor and eastern Homs. Hundreds of the terrorist group’s fighters and commanders are reportedly hiding there.
The SAA has intensified its operations around the desert in an attempt to put an end to these attack. Earlier this week, the army uncovered a large hideout of ISIS cells in southern Deir Ezzor.
The ISIS threat in the Homs desert will likely remain until the SAA launches a large-scale military operation to clear the region. Such an operation is hardly possible now due to the high-tension around the northern governorate of Idlib.