First raids on ISIS in 2022 | Ten Russian airstrikes hit Al-Raqqa desert • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

First raids on ISIS in 2022 | Ten Russian airstrikes hit Al-Raqqa desert


Russian fighter jets have executed ten airstrikes on ISIS hideouts in Al-Rusafa desert, north-east of Al-Raqqa since the early hours of Saturday morning of the first day of New Year 2022. No casualties have been reported.

Yesterday, Eight Russian helicopters arrived at Palmyra military airport from Russia’s Hmeimim base in Lattakia province, SOHR reliable source said.

On the other hand, a convoy of joint forces of the “Fifth Corps” and “Liwaa Al-Quds”, comprising 100 soldiers, armoured vehicles, and tanks, headed from Deir Ezzor to Palmyra in eastern Homs countryside, at Russia’ orders. The convoy was escorted by Russian helicopters.

According to SOHR sources, Russian forces intend to establish new military posts for the Russian-backed “Fifth Corps” and “Liwaa Al-Quds” in Palmyra city and its desert with the aim to compete with Iranian-backed militias which are also deployed in that region in large groups.

Moreover, Russian forces intend to launch a large-scale military campaign under direct supervision of Russian officers only to search for ISIS members hidden in Palmyra desert, as they have been more active and numerous throughout the Syrian desert in recent times.

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