On Thursday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies launched a new offensive against the US-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) in the Syrian desert east of Damascus.
The SAA began advancing in the Al-Dakwa area and Beer Kasab in order to reach the Zuluf reserve area in northern Suweida and to push the FSA out from the entire region. FSA units operating there remain a direct threat to the Syrian capital.
On Wednesday, the FSA failed to make agains against the SAA in the vicinity of the Zaza triangle. The previous FSA attack on SAA positions in the Zulf reserve was also a major failure.
It seems that US-backed FSA militants is incapable to defeat government forces in the area due to the lack of experience of its fighters and their small numbers as well. The FSA mainly relies on Grad rockets, anti-tank guided missiles and Switchblade suicide drones avoiding a direct confrontation.
In eastern Homs, the SAA was unable to capture any point in Al-Abbasiya and Al-Sukari, southeast of Palmyra, where ISIS fighters repelled the government attack and forced the army to retreat.
Russian warplanes and helicopters continued bombing ISIS groups in Al-Sukari, Al-Abbasiya, east of the Arak field, and in Sokhna.
ISIS has been trying to prevent the SAA from advancing towards Sokhna, which is one of its last strongholds in the Syrian desert, and the beginning of the way towards Deir Ezzour city.
An additional video:
An alleged ISIS suicide drone was downed in Deir Ezzor: