On August 31, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Palestinian Liwa al-Quds launched a large-scale military operation against the remaining ISIS fighters in the Homs desert, according to the Syrian pro-government blog al-Masdar News.
During the first hours of the operation, warplanes of the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) carried out a series of airstrikes on ISIS positions in the Homs desert. Later, the SAA and its allies attacked several positions of the terrorist group on the administrative border between the governorates of Homs and Deir Ezzor.
Local observers believe that more than 1,000 fighters and commanders of ISIS are currently hiding in the Homs desert, which lays between the eastern Homs countryside and the western Deir Ezzor countryside. These terrorists have launched several attacks on the SAA’s positions on the western bank of the Euphrates River since the beginning of this year.
ISIS fighters will not likely be able to hold their positions for a significant amount of time because there are no natural fortifications in the Homs desert. This will allow the SyAAF and the Russian Aerospace Forces to track and eliminate these terrorists easily.