On August 20, ISIS claimed responsibility for the recent attack on Russian troops in the eastern Syrian governorate of Deir Ezzor.
The attack, which took place on August 18, killed Maj. Gen. Vyacheslav Gladkih and injured two other Russian service members.
In a statement released by its news agency, Amaq, ISIS claimed that a number of improvised explosive devices (IEDs), which had been planted by its terrorists east of the town of al-Sukhnah in eastern Homs, had struck a Russian patrol that was combing the region.
The Russian military said previously that the attack had taken place near the al-Taim oil field, which is indeed located to the east of al-Sukhnah, in the western Deir Ezzor countryside.
ISIS claimed that other IEDs planted in the same area had struck a vehicle carrying Mohamad al-Daher, the commander of the Syrian National Defense Forces in Deir Ezzor. Al-Daher was killed along with a number of his bodyguards.
Hundreds of ISIS terrorists are hiding in the Homs desert, which lays between western Deir Ezzor and eastern Homs.
The August 18 attack on Russian troops is a testimony to ISIS’ growing presence in central Syria. The Syrian military and its allies are yet to take decisive actions against the group. This could soon lead to dangerous consequences.