ISIS fighters killed and captured a number of Syrian service members in two hit and run attacks in the eastern Homs countryside over the last few days, according to the terrorist group’s new agency, Amaq.
In the first attack, which occurred on April 29, ISIS fighters ambushed a unit of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) east of the city of al-Sukhnah killing three service members and capturing two others. The fate of the captured soldiers is yet to be revealed.
A day later, ISIS fighters ambushed a vehicle transporting supplies for SAA troops in the area of Aatchane. The vehicle’s driver, an SAA soldier, was captured than executed by the terrorists.
These attacks were apparently launched from the Homs desert, where hundreds of ISIS highly-experienced, well-armed ISIS fighters are reportedly hiding. Recent reports claim that the terrorist group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is also taking shelter there.
Since the beginning of April, ISIS fighters have launched several successful hit and run attacks from their positions in the Homs desert killing and injuring dozens of Syrian service members. Despite this, the SAA has not taken any action yet, likely due to the increasing tension around the northern governorate of Idlib.