Early on June 21, ISIS terrorists launched a hit-and-run attack on Syrian Arab Army (SAA) positions in the vicinity of the city of al-Mayadin in southern Deir Ezzor.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that heavy clashes were ongoing at the al-Mzari’a [farms] area near al-Mayadin for several hours.
“The al-Mazari’a area is the largest gathering of Iranians and its militias in the region,” the monitoring group said in its report.
According to the SOHR, ISIS terrorists killed eight service members and captured three others during the attack. These claims are yet to be verified.
The attack was likely launched from the Homs desert, which lays between western Deir Ezzor and Homs. Hundreds of ISIS terrorists are reportedly taking shelter there.
A recent series of operations by the SAA and its allies have put a significant pressure on ISIS cells in the Homs desert. The terrorist group steeped up its attacks in response. Earlier this week, 15 Syrian soldiers were killed and injured in an attack by the group in eastern Hama.