Late on February 13, ISIS cells attacked Iranian-backed forces guarding Syrian phosphate mines in Homs’ southern countryside.
According to the Istanbul-based Syria TV, ISIS terrorists attacked three posts of Iranian-backed forces to the east of the town of Khunayfis. Other positions were shelled by the terrorists.
Iranian-backed forces situated in the nearby area of Souaniye failed to send reinforcements to Khunayfis due to several ambushes which were set by ISIS cells on the road leading to the town.
Three fighters of Iranian-backed forces were killed and at least four others were wounded as a result of the attack. The wounded were reportedly transported to Palmyra Military Hospital.
The attack was likely launched from the Homs desert, ISIS main stronghold in central Syria. The region lays between eastern Homs and western Deir Ezzor. Hundreds of terrorists are reportedly taking shelter there.
ISIS cells carried out dozens of attacks in the Hama-Aleppo-Raqqa triangle and western Deir Ezzor during the last few months. Syrian government forces and the Russian Aerospace Forces responded with force. As a result, the terrorist group is now attempting to expand in southern Homs.
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