The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Iranian-backed forces are preparing to launch a large scale attack to eliminate the remaining fighters of ISIS in the Homs desert, the pro-government blog al-Masdar News reported on June 1.
According to thereport, several units of Iranian-backed forces were redeployed from southern Syria to new positions in the eastern governorate of Deir Ezzor. The source didn’t clarify if this move was a part of the supposed agreement between Russia, Jordan and the US, under which Iran allegedly has to withdraw from southern Syria.
During the last two months, the SAA launched two attacks on ISIS positions in the Homs desert. However, both attacks were limited, as the SAA was busy with dealing with militants on other fronts, mainly around the city of Damascus.
The Homs desert spread between the eastern Homs countryside and the western Deri Ezzor countryside. Syrian pro-government activists believe that more than 1,500 fighters and commanders of ISIS are currently hiding there.
Al-Masdar News said that the new military operation in the Homs Desert will begin soon, but didn’t reveal if the Russian Aerospace Force will participate in it.