ISIS fighters have ambushed a large force of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) near the al-Bishri mount on the administrative border between Homs and Deir Ezzor, the terrorist group’s news agency, Amaq, reported on April 19.
The ambush, which reportedly occurred in the early hours of April 18, targeted a force of the SAA that was chasing several ISIS cells. Amaq said that the clashes lasted for more than 24 hours.
“As a result of the ambush, 3 officers and 17 personnel of the Syrian military and its militias were killed and others were injured. 4 vehicles were also destroyed. The fighters of the Islamic State captured 7 4×4 vehicles, two machine guns and a variety of weapons,” Amaq’s press release reads.
Earlier this week, ISIS fighters killed 15 Syrian service members in an attack in the eastern Homs countryside. Syrian pro-government sources said that the force, which was ambushed near the al-Basihri mount, was chasing the attack perpetrators. The sources added that the ambush was a failure.
This new attack reflects the growing ISIS activities around the Homs desert, where hundreds of highly-experienced, well-armed terrorists are reportedly hiding.