ISIS terrorists have repelled a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) attempt to advance and successfully counter-attacked in the Humaimah area near the Syrian-Iraqi border, according to the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq.
The ISIS counter-attack started with a VBIED that allowed the group to destory the first defense line of the SAA.
According to Amaq, ISIS members killed 15 SAA soldiers and destroyed 5 vehicles. ISIS mebmers allegedly seized a technical armed wtih machine gun, an ATGM Kornet launcher with missiles and an artillery piece. No photos or videos have been provided to confirm these claims.
The incident showed that ISIS is still able to conduct successful counter-attacks, especially with the usage of VBIEDs, in the important directions. The group puts pressure on the SAA in the Humaimah area nad near the Shaer fields in order to prevent further SAA dvances in central Syria. ISIS uses mobile groups with suicide bombers and technicals.
Despite this, ISIS is in very compicated situation. As soon as the SAA secures the Sukhna area, government forces will be able to pay more attention to other frontlines in the Homs province and will likely drive ISIS from a large area north of the Homs-Palmyra highway or event will attempt to encircle it.