On August 2, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the Tiger Forces and former fighters of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) launched a security operation against ISIS cells and smugglers in the region of Lajat in the northeastern Daraa countryside.
Syrian pro-government sources said that warplanes and attack helicopters of the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) are supporting the security operation.
A source in the SAA told SouthFront that over 200 suspects have been arrested by the SAA so far. The source added that the SAA discovered several hideouts of the terrorist group and seized loads of weapons.
Local observers believe that the remaining cells of ISIS in al-Lajat are smuggling weapons and food to the terrorist group fighters in the eastern al-Suwayda countryside and in the Damascus desert. This allowed ISIS to launch a hit and run attack on the Khalkhalah airbase a day earlier and a brutal attack on several villages in eastern al-Suwayda last week.
The SAA’s security operation will likely end within days, if not hours. The vast majority of ISIS elements in al-Lajat are not fighters, but rather smugglers and spies.