On November 4, ISIS fighters targeted and destroyed a battle tank and Shilka vehicle of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) around the heavily fortified area of al-Safa with anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs), according to the terrorist group news agency Amaq.
Earlier, Amaq reported that ISIS snipers killed two soldiers of the SAA around al-Safa, which lays between the Damascus desert and the governorate of al-Suwayda.
ISIS fighters in al-Safa and the Damascus government reached an agreement back in October. Under the agreement, which was sponsored by Russia and the U.S., the terrorist group was supposed to release 28 civilian hostages, who were abducted in late July. In exchange for that, the army would allow the terrorists to withdraw from area.
However, the agreement collapsed after the release of six hostages only due to the repeated violations from ISIS side. This forced the SAA to resume its military operations in al-Safa on October 28. Since then, no significant SAA advance has been reported.