ISIS fighters launched on July 27 a large-scale attack on several positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) west of the city of al-Mayadin in southern Deir Ezzor.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that eight Syrian service members were killed and twenty-three others were injured in the attack. The terrorist group also lost four of its fighters.
“The clashes between the two sides lasted for hours, warplanes helped repel the attack by carrying out airstrikes on the clashes’ axis, this plus intense rocket strikes forced the group [ISIS] to withdraw in the end,” the monitoring group’s report reads.
Despite the suffered casualties, the SAA was able to repel the attack, preventing the terrorist group from re-establishing a foothold in the Middle Euphrates River Valley.
The failed attack was likely launched from the Homs desert, which lays between western Deir Ezzor and eastern Homs. Hundreds of ISIS fighters and commanders are reportedly hiding there.