BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – The so-called Islamic State (ISIS) launched a fresh offensive in the southeastern region of Syria on Saturday, a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) told Al-Masdar News this morning.
ISIS began the assault by storming the Syrian Arab Army’s military posts around the Al-Zaaf Dam of northeast Al-Sweida.
A fierce battle would ensue between the Islamic State terrorists and Syrian Arab Army at the Al-Zaaf Dam, resulting in heavy casualties for both parties involved.
According to the SAA source, the Islamic State has not made significant gains in northeast Al-Sweida, but they were able inflict some heavy damage on the Syrian Army posts near the Al-Zaaf Dam.
Thus far, the Syrian Army has been able to foil the Islamic State’s advance; however, the aforementioned terrorist group is still on the offensive at the moment.
ISIS is attempting to advance in northeast Al-Sweida for the second time in the last ten days, as they look to take advantage of the Syrian Arab Army’s neglected lines in this desert region.
The previous ISIS offensive ended in a decisive defeat for the terrorist group after several hours of fighting the Syrian Arab Army and their allies from the National Defense Forces (NDF) and Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP).