The ISIS-linked News Agency Amaq claimed on Wednesday that 32 Syrian soldiers have been killed as a result of an ISIS attackon Syrian Arab Army (SAA) positions east of Salamya town in the eastern Hama countryside.
According to Amaq, ISIS fighters captured 6 SAA checkpoints near Al-Mufakr village and a SAA HQ in the Olive Press in the area. During the attack, ISIS fighters captured a tank, two bulldozers, two 23mm guns, two cars loaded with ammunition and several vehicles.
Opposition sources claimed that ISIS also attacked an SAA position south of Ithryia with a VBIED, killing 30 Syrian soldiers, but pro-government sources denied this claims. Furthermore, ISIS did not announce any attack on SAA south of Ithryia.
According to pro-government sources, the Russian Aerospace Forces have carried out dozens of air strikes on ISIS positions in Aqirbat town and the villages of Qulayb al-Thawr, Salba, Al-Hardana and Janah al-Albawi in the eastern Hama countryside. The sources confirmed that SAA will try to advance towards the ISIS-held town of Uqayrabat again. The SAA will try to use the increased pressure faced by ISIS in the eastern part of Homs province and in the southern part of Raqqah province.