On June 20, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) Commandos ambushed and killed a group of ISIS fighters in the al-Sukhnah desert, 70km east of the city of Palmyra, in the eastern Homs countryside, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA). Following the successful ambush, SAA soldiers captured several light weapons and motorcycles of ISIS.
A day earlier, the SAA and its allies launched a limited military operation against ISIS in the eastern Homs countryside and secured 2,500km2 between the city of Palmyra and the town of Hamimah.
This month, ISIS has stepped up its military operations against the SAA and its allies in the eastern Homs countryside, especially east of Palmyra. The terrorist group even launched a large scale attack on the ancient city on June 11. However, the SAA, backed by the Russian Aerospace Forces, managed to repel it.
The upcoming days will likely witness more military operations of the SAA and its allies against the remaining cells of ISIS in the eastern Homs countryside, as the terrorist organization appears to be determined to expand in the area once again.