Units of the Syrian army, with logistical support from the Russian army, repelled the most violent attack in recent years by ISIS terrorist militants on military points in the desert of Raqqa Governorate, a few days after official Syrian reports warned of the increasing activities of the US army in transporting The militants of the organization from its prisons in eastern Syria, towards the Syrian desert.
A field source confirmed that ISIS cells attacked a series of Syrian army points in the vicinity of the city of Rusafa, relying on large reinforcements that reached them through the Jabal al-Bishri axis in the countryside of Deir ez-Zor and the Al-Tanf area, which is occupied by the US army.
The source added that the army units redeployed in some of the points that came under the attack, while the Russian warplanes ensured the pursuit of the supply lines of ISIS militants coming from the Bishri Mountains through dirt roads, as well as launching focused raids on the supply lines coming from the Sukhna area in the farthest corner. east of Homs desert.
The source revealed that the Russian air force’s strikes succeeded in destroying 6 four-wheel drive vehicles and a number of sites from which the ISIS attack was launched, while preliminary information confirms the killing of at least 25 militants of the organization, in parallel with the arrival of huge military reinforcements for the Syrian army to the area. A military operation was immediately launched, in which it regained control of all the points that were temporarily evacuated at night.
The source concluded by saying that the map of control of all military points in the vicinity of the city of Rusafa, southwest of Raqqa, will not be changed.
And yesterday night, he said, from another field source, that violent night battles took place in the countryside of Raqqa governorate, eastern Syria, after the Syrian Arab Army and the auxiliary forces, with Russian support, confronted an attack launched by large herds of remnants of the terrorist organization “ISIS”, starting from the open areas on the area The (55 km) in the Syrian Badia.
The sources indicated that the clashes coincided with the Russian and Syrian warplanes carrying out a series of air raids on various areas in the Syrian Badia and in the vicinity of the city of Rusafa and the area (55 km) to the south. Al-Raqqa), in addition to the Sukhna area, Palmyra countryside and other areas in the eastern Badia of Homs, and sites in the southern Badia of Deir ez-Zor Governorate.
Nahed is VT Damascus Bureau Chief. She is a member of the American Institute for Middle East Strategic Studies (USA) and serves as Assistant Director of the Arab-American and Muslim Congress (Detroit, USA). She has a Diploma in English Literature from Damascus University (1987).
She’s also been a reporter for Turkish newspaper Aydinlik, Special Coordinator for Arab-Armenian International Law Assembly, Correspondent for Qatari News Agency, Al Ayam news Paper in Bahrain, Al Liwaa in Lebanon, Correspondent for Petra News Agency in Jordan, correspondent for the Associated Press in USA, and worked as a freelance journalist for CBS, ABS and CNN in Syria. She is fluent in both English and Arabic.