Early on November 17, ISIS terrorists ambushed a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) unit in the western countryside of Deir Ezzor.
The unit was moving in the area of Faydat Ibn Muyni’a when it fell into the terrorists’ ambush. Heavy clashes broke out in the area. According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), 12 Syrian service members were killed in the clashes. More than 17 others were injured.
Major General Bashir Salim Ismail, commander of the SAA’s 137th Regiments, was among the personnel killed in ISIS ambush.
The SAA and pro-government forces are now deploying reinforcements near Faydat Ibn Muyni’a as well as in other parts of western Deir Ezzor.
“After the attack, NDF [National Defense Forces] militias brought in large military reinforcement from Al-Mayadeen to the conflict zone,” the SOHR said in a report.
ISIS’ news agency, Amaq, is yet to release any details on the well-planned ambush. This was one of the terrorist group’s most successful attacks against Syrian troops this year.
The terrorists, who set the ambush, likely snick out from the Homs desert, which lays between western Deir Ezzor and eastern Homs. Hundreds of ISIS terrorists are hiding there. The terrorists are allegedly receiving support from U.S.-backed fighters based in the nearby area of al-Tanaf.
The SAA and its allies are yet to launch a full-on military operation to neutralize ISIS remnants in the Homs desert. Only a comprehensive operation can end the terrorist group’s presence in the region.
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