ISIS cells killed 17 soldiers of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in a series of attacks in the eastern Homs countryside, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) claimed on June 19.
According to the monitoring group, most of the attacks took place near the villages of al-Mudir and al-Kawm. Both villages are located in the outskirt of the town of al-Sukhnah, which recently witnessed several attacks by the terrorist group.
“The number of the organization’s [ISIS] fighters who were killed during the same clashes has risen to 6,” the SOHR’s report reads.
These attacks were apparently launched from the Homs desert, where hundreds of ISIS fighters and commanders were reportedly hiding. The vast desert lays between western Deir Ezzor and eastern Homs.
The terrorist group recently intensified its activities in eastern Homs in what appears to be an attempt to strength its influence in central Syria. Despite suffering from heavy loses, the army has prevented the group from achieving this goal, so far.