ISIS fightback sees terror group seize another chunk of Syria and plot to re-take Palmyra a month after Trump declared victory
SYRIAN dictator Bashar al-Assad is reinforcing troops in the east of the country after ISIS continues to make a comeback and grab more territory.
According to reports, thousands of jihadis have massed in the desert between the city of Homs and the River Euphrates after regrouping and capturing strategic points.
They are fighting under the slogan of “the campaign of vengeance for the blessed province of Syria”.
For the first time since the Caliphate’s last stronghold in Baghuz dramatically imploded, the death cult has effectively been fighting back.
They have been establishing strongholds in the al-Kawm village and the town of Sukhnah, reports The Times.
It has also been reported ISIS is aiming to retake the key city of Palmyra which is nearby.
In May 2015 and for the next year it occupied it, jihadi thugs demolished many of its ancient structures and objects, while looting others to help finance the terror group’s operations.
In the past few weeks, Syrian regime battalions have been lured into ambushes and suffered heavy causalities.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday that “at least” 69 pro-regime fighters have been killed across Syria over the last month.
Many of these have been caused by the ISIS ambushes but also improvised explosive devices.
DOWN BUT NOT OUT
US backed forces declared military victory over ISIS on March 23 after liberating what it said was the last pocket of territory held by the militants.
Donald Trump announced that the US and Coalition allies have liberated all the areas that had been under ISIS’s control in Syria and Iraq – “100 per cent of the caliphate”.
The victory marked the end of the brutal self-styled caliphate the group carved out in large parts of Iraq and Syria in 2014.
But reports coming from eastern Syria today suggests they are still a force to be reckoned with.
It is also feared the group could be plotting attacks on the West from their hideouts and strongholds.
The Easter Sunday bomb assaults in Sri Lanka, which killed at least 321 people, have now been claimed by the twisted terror group.
And although the Caliphate in Syria and Iraq is no more they still dominate large parts of the world after evolving into a “covert network”.