Homs – Islamic State (ISIS) jihadists on Monday attacked Syrian Arab Army (SAA) positions in the vicinity of al-Mahr oilfield. ISIS has repeatedly tried to storm the fortified hilltops which abut the oilfield, employing VBIEDs and suicide squads.
ISIS militants began their offensive by shelling an army headquarters in Hom’s eastern countryside. More than a dozen Syrian soldiers were killed and wounded.
“At least 12 soldiers were killed and several others were wounded in the attack,” media activist Khalid Safar told ARA News in Homs.
Responding to the latest incursion, Russian jets pounded ISIS redoubts in the area. SAA soldiers are reportedly exploiting that air cover to push the extremist group back north.
“Monday’s offensive is a new attempt by ISIS to advance towards the al-Mahr oilfield. However, Russian airstrikes prevented the group’s advance,” Safar reported.
While ISIS jihadists operate as a more-or-less conventional force in northern Iraq, in the Syrian Desert they fight like insurgents. The extremist group ambushes convoys and storms isolated outposts before disappearing back into the barrens.
Reporting by: Haytham Mustafa | Source: ARA News