On October 31, ISIS claimed that its fighters had repelled a new attack by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies on their positions in the heavily fortified area of al-Safa.
According to the terrorist group news agency, Amaq, 33 soldiers and officers of the SAA were killed and injured during the clashes in the area, which is located north of the governorate of al-Suwayda. Amaq’s claims are yet to be confirmed or denied by any pro-government source.
Two days ago, ISIS repelled a similar SAA attack killing and injuring four Syrian soldiers. Back then, the terrorists targeted a battle tank and a military bulldozer of the army with anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs). The source of these advanced weapons has not been determined yet.
The Damascus government and ISIS cells in al-Safa reached an agreement earlier this month to release around 30 hostages, who were abducted by the terrorist group in late July. However, ISIS violated the agreement after releasing six hostages only, which forced the SAA to resume its military operation in the area.