Several units of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) clashed with a group of ISIS fighters, which was moving in the Damascus desert on February 14, according to the Damascus Now news outlet.
The clashes forced the group to withdraw leaving behind loads of weapons, including a Konkurs anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) launcher, several RPG-7 launchers, several machine guns, mortars, ammunition of different calibers, a satellite communication system and two vehicles.
The group was likely trying to smuggle these weapons to ISIS cells near operating the northern al-Suwayda countryside or in the Homs desert. The Damascus desert stretches between both areas.
A day earlier, warplanes of the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) carried out a series of airstrikes on ISIS hideouts in the area of Kiribat al-Hosn in the Damascus desert.
According to local sources, the terrorists have increased their activity in the desert, especially near the administration border in the northern part of al-Suwayda province. SAA sources believe that ISIS may be planning to launch a new attack on residential areas in the southeastern governorate.