Early on March 24, ISIS cells attacked the strategic M20 highway which links Homs in central Syria with Deir Ezzor in the eastern region.
According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the terrorists attacked several positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies near the town of al-Sholah, one of the largest settlements on the M20.
Four pro-government fighters were reportedly killed in the ISIS attack. Warplanes of the Russian Aerospace Forces quickly intervened forcing the terrorists to withdraw.
“ISIS continues to attack its operations against regime forces and loyal militias through frequent attacks in small groups, fearing airstrikes and ambushes,” the SOHR revealed in a report. “The new strategy, which ISIS has adopted recently, is based on sporadic attacks by a small group of two or three members, while some of the attacks are carried out by a single ISIS fighter.”
Some opposition sources claimed that the M20 was blocked as a result of the attack. However, these claims appear to be false.
Last month, the SAA and its allies carried out a large-scale operation to secure the M20 highway following a number of attacks by ISIS. The terrorist group’s attacks claimed the lives of dozens of service members and civilians.
ISIS cells resumed their operations along the M20 earlier this week. Two days ago, the terrorists attacked an army unit near the town of al-Sukhnah.
The SAA and its allies are more than capable of securing traffic on the M20. Nevertheless, ISIS “hit-and-run” attacks on the highway will not likely stop anytime soon.
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