The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

IED attack | ISIS kills five members of the 25th Division, including officer, in Palmyra desert

Homs province: A regime captain of the Russian-backed 25th Division (Special Forces) and four other members of the division were killed in Palmyra desert in the eastern countryside of Homs by the explosion of an IED planted earlier by members of ISIS cells in their vehicle.


ISIS continues to escalate its attacks in different areas in the Syrian desert, including armed attacks and detonation of landmines and IEDs, targeting regime forces and their proxy militias.


ISIS has noticeably escalated its attacks in the past few days, along with the combing operations which have recently been launched by regime forces in the desert.


Several divisions affiliated to regime forces and groups of pro-regime gunmen participate in those combing operations, and those forces are backed and led by Russian forces which execute airstrikes on ISIS hideouts in the desert.


Meanwhile, regime forces work on blocking roads and passages used by ISIS to launch attacks against regime forces, as well as destroying caves and bunkers believed that ISIS members are holed up in them.


According to SOHR statistics, the number of fatalities in military operations in the Syrian desert since early 2024 has increased to 434; and they are as follows:


  • 29 ISIS members, three of whom were killed in Russian airstrikes and the others were killed by regime forces and their proxy militias.


  • 362 members of regime forces and their proxy militias, including 33 Iranian-backed Syrian militiamen and three members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, were killed in 142 operations by ISIS members, including ambushes, armed attacks, and explosions, in west Euphrates region and the deserts of Deir Ezzor, Al-Raqqah, Homs.


  • 43 civilians, including a child and a woman, were killed in attacks by ISIS in the Syrian desert.


Here is a regional distribution of ISIS attacks:


-Deir Ezzor desert: 49 operations left 132 fatalities:


  • 106 combatants, including 12 Iranian-backed militiamen.


  • Eight ISIS members.


  • 18 civilians, including 17 truffle pickers, among them there was a woman.


-Homs desert: 66 operations left 210 fatalities:


  • 176 combatants, including 15 Iranian-backed militiamen.


  • 18 ISIS members.


  • 16 civilians, including two truffle pickers.


-Al-Raqqah desert: 17 operations left 46 fatalities:


  • 41 combatants, including two Iranian-backed militiamen.


  • Three ISIS members.


  • Two civilian truffle pickers.


-Hama desert: Ten operations left 41 fatality:


  • 34 combatant, including an Iranian-backed militiaman.


  • Seven civilians, including a child.


-Aleppo: Two operations left five combatants, including three Iranian-backed militiamen, dead.