On October 3 and 4, ISIS cells launched a large-scale attack on the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) positions on the strategic highway linking Homs with Deir Ezzor.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that the army’s positions south of the towns of al-Sukhnah in eastern Homs and al-Sholah in western Deir Ezzor were attacked by the terrorist group’s fighters.
“Warplanes intervened and participated in repelling the attack, which lasted for many hours,” the UK-based monitoring group said.
Eleven ISIS terrorists were killed in the course of the failed attack, according to the SOHR. The SAA also lost at least seven service members.
The attack was apparently launched from the Homs desert, which lays between eastern Homs and western Deir Ezzor. Hundreds of ISIS fighters, including prominent commanders, are reportedly hiding there.
By launching such attacks, ISIS is attempting to reestablish its influence in central Syria. The SAA has foiled all such attempts, so far.