On January 27, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies repelled a new ISIS attack on their positions around the village of Jala’a on the western bank of the Euphrates River, in the southeastern Deir Ezzor countryside, according to the SAA media department. The report said that the SAA killed dozens of ISIS fighters and destroyed several vehicles of the terrorist group while it was repelling the attack.
Earlier, Syrian opposition sources reported that ISIS fighters captured several positions around the town of al-Ashara. However, the same sources confirmed later that the SAA recaptured all the positions it lost earlier and started reinforcing its troops there.
The SAA repelled a similar ISIS attack on its positions in the villages of al-Kishma and Ghriba north of the city of al-Bukamal, near the Syrian-Iraqi border on January 25. The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) said that the SAA killed 25 fighters of ISIS around al-Kishma and Ghriba back then.
These attacks were likely an attempt of the ISIS fighters besieged in the Homs desert to re-establish a foothold on the western bank of the Euphrates River.
Aftermath of ISIS attack on al-Kishma and Ghriba villages: