ISIS resurgence | ISIS attack regime positions in Syrian desert, amid intensive Russian airstrikes
Reliable SOHR source have confirmed that fierce clashes have erupted in areas in the Syrian desert between regime forces and the “Islamic State”.
The clashes followed a new attack by ISIS as a part of if its resurgence in the desert. The calashes were accompanied by exchange of shelling, amid airstrikes by Russian jets on ISIS positions in support to regime forces to repel the attack.
On June 21, reliable sources told the Syrian Observatory that ISIS unleashed a new attack that dawn on positions of regime forces and loyalists on the outskirts of Al-Mayadeen to the flank of Deir Ezzor desert. Fierce clashes erupted between the two sides in the area, amid exchange of intense fire. ISIS managed to kill eight regime soldiers and capture three others.
It is worth noting that the clashes took place near Al-Mazare’ area which has the largest concentrations of Iranian forces and loyal militias in that region. However, neither ISIS attacked the Iranian positions nor the Iranians supported the regime forces to repel the attack.
Since the 24th of March 2019, SOHR has documented the killing of at least 570 regime soldiers and loyalists of Syrian and non-Syrian nationalities, including at least two Russians, and 127 Iranian-backed militiamen of non-Syrian nationalities. All were killed in attacks, bombings and ambushes by the “Islamic State”, west of Euphrates in the deserts of Deir Ezzor, Homs, and Al-Suwaidaa.
Also four civilians working in gas fields, 11 shepherds and four other people were killed and documented by SOHR in the same period, from late March 2019 until today. They were killed in attacks by ISIS cells. While 212 ISIS members were also killed in attacks and bombardment in the same period.