Government sends military reinforcements to Homs following ISIS attack

DEIR EZ-ZOR, Syria (North Press) – On Thursday, military reinforcements for Syrian government forces arrived in the town of al-Sukhnah, east of the city of Homs, central Syria. This comes after cells of the Islamic State (ISIS) attacked government forces in the area.

On Wednesday night, ISIS launched a surprise attack on government forces in al-Sukhnah, in which they targeted military posts and managed to take control of some of them and seize weapons and vehicles.

A military source in the government forces told North Press that large military reinforcements of the government forces and the National Defense Forces (IDF), a pro-government militia, arrived at dawn in the town of al-Sukhnah after many posts were attacked by ISIS militants.

The source added that the government forces found the bodies of three soldiers after they managed to regain control of the posts.

As for the 15 soldiers abducted by ISIS members after the attack, the source said that their fate is still unknown.

The source said that clashes are still ongoing on the outskirts of al-Sukhnah, though at a lower intensity compared to Wednesday night.

By Omar Abdurrahman