The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is reportedly engaging in heavy clashes with ISIS remnants in the eastern countryside of Homs.
According to pro-government sources, the army launched early on April 9 a large-scale operation against the terrorist group’s cells in Homs desert.
Opposition sources contradicted these claims claiming that ISIS cells were carrying out a large attack on SAA positions near the town of al-Sukhnah and Wadi al-Waer. The sources said that Russian warplanes were supporting army troops by targeting ISIS fighters and positions in the Homs desert.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that 18 SAA soldiers and 11 ISIS terrorists have been killed in the clashes, so far. These claims have not been verified, yet.
ISIS maintains a serious presence in the Homs desert, which lays between western Deir Ezzor and eastern Homs. Last month, the group released a 28-minute video titled “Epic of Alteration 2,” documenting some of its recent attacks in the region.
The situation in eastern Homs will likely clear up in the upcoming few hours. All the current reports are conflicted and unverified.