On May 17, ISIS terrorists set up a fake checkpoint on the M20 highway, which links the capital, Damascus, with Deir Ezzor. A number of Syrian service members and a civilian were captured then executed by the terrorists.
“ISIS operatives blocked the Damascus-Deir Al-Zour road at the Ghabagheb area, and captured a car carrying an officer in the ranks of regime forces, in addition to two soldiers and women, all of whom were executed by ISIS operatives,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said in a report.
After the incident, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) deployed reinforcements on the M20 highway. However, no clashes with the terrorist group were reported.
A day earlier, ISIS cells abducted and executed an alleged informant of the SAA in the vicinity of the town of al-Sukhnah in the eastern Homs countryside.
The group also released photos showing the execution of four men in eastern Homs. The men were accused of spying for the Syrian intelligence. One was beheaded while the others were shot in the head.
ISIS remnants launch these attacks from the Homs desert, which lays between eastern Homs and western Deir Ezzor.
The army and its allies conducted a large number of security operations around the Homs desert. Nevertheless, the ISIS threat is still not removed.