The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) 1st Division ambushed a group of ISIS fighters in the Damascus desert on February 7. At least six terrorists were killed in the attack.
“The group was likely carrying out a reconnaissance operation in order to prepare for a future large attack by besieged ISIS forces,” a source in the 1st Division said.
Hundreds of ISIS fighters and commanders are currently hiding in the Damascus desert, that lays between the Homs desert and the northern al-Suwayda countryside. Most of those terrorists are highly-experienced, well-armed and willing to fight until death.
Last week, the SAA eliminated a medical unit of ISIS in the Homs desert during a similar ambush. Back then, Syrian pro-government activists claimed that the unit was on its way to treat a senior ISIS leader.
The raising terrorism threat in northwestern Syria, mainly in the governorate of Idlib, is preventing the SAA and its allies from launching a large-scale military operation to eliminate the remaining ISIS fighters in the desert. This situation may change before the end of this year.
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