On October 7, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies recaptured the entire al-Sukhnah-Deir Ezzor highway, and fully repelled an ISIS attack in the eastern Homs countryside, according to the Hezbollah media wing in Syria.
Syrian pro-government sources said that the SAA recaptured all positions east of al-Sukhnah town, and both Bir Ghabaghib and al-Shula villages on the al-Sukhnah-Deir Ezzor highway.
On October 6, the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq released photos of ISIS attack east of al-Sukhnah town. The photos showed that ISIS fighters captured a tank and a BMP-1 vehicle of the SAA east of the town.
ISIS likely ended its attack in the eastern Homs countryside due to the SAA attack on its stronghold of Mayadin in the southeastern Deir Ezzor countryside. The SAA didn’t only successful reach the city within few days, put also captured the artillery base, grain silos, Mayadin Old Airport and al-Rahba Castle west of it.
The rapid advance of the SAA towards Mayadin city confirmed that ISIS used most of its remaining units against the SAA in the eastern Homs countryside. The fail of ISIS attack will likely have catastrophic effect on it because the terrorist group lost a notable part of its elite units during the attack.