ISIS has reportedly deployed large reinforcements, including experienced infantry and technicals, from the terrorist group’s strong points in the eastern Salamiyah countryside in order to launch a counter-attack and to retake the strategic town of Sukhna from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies.
According to reports, a notable ISIS force is still deployed in the hills north of Sukhna. The terrorists use this area to coordinate artillery strikes on government troops inside the town. At the same time, a high number of IEDs and a threat of suicide bombing attacks don’t allow government forces to secure the Sukhna countryside.
On Monday, the SAA and allies repelled few ISIS attacks in the Sukhna area, but sporadic clashes continued appearing near the town.
If ISIS is able to deploy reinforcements and to re-group before the SAA secures the town and nearby hills, the terrorists will likely have a chance to take Sukhna back. The situation remains tense.