On January 27, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) eliminated another ISIS cell near the Homs-Deir Ezzor highway, known as the M20.
A military source told the Syrian Arab News Agency that the cell was responsible for several recent attacks on army personnel and civilians travelling between the towns of Kobajjep and al-Shoulah.
According to the source, eight ISIS members were killed in an ambush set by SAA troops. Two pick-up trucks armed with machine guns were also destroyed.
A day earlier, the army eliminated a cell of five ISIS terrorists which was also behind some of the recent attacks on the Homs-Deir Ezzor highway.
On December 30, at least 25 civilians and Syrian soldiers were killed when ISIS cells ambushed a bus near Kobajjep on the M20. On January 24, a similar attack by the terrorist group left three service members dead near al-Shoulah.
The M20 is now once again safe, according to the SAA. Army units and Russian forces have been working non-stop to push ISIS terrorists away from the highway for the last two weeks. Gunship helicopters were even brought in to secure the highway.
ISIS cells launch attacks on the M20 from their hideouts in the Homs desert. The terrorists reportedly receive support from US-backed fighters based in the southeastern area of al-Tanf.
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