Syria: 35 killed in 2 days of ISIS attacks on pro-Assad troops
ISIS terrorists have killed 35 pro-Assad troops in two days of attacks in the Syrian Desert, in what a monitoring group described as their deadliest attack since the fall of the so-called caliphate.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said four senior Syrian army officers were among the troops and allied militiamen killed by ISIS terrorists in the desert east of Homs province over the past 48 hours.
The ISIS-affiliated Aamaq news agency claimed ISIS carried out the terror attacks.
Another eight soldiers, including two officers, were killed in a separate attack in neighboring Deir Ezzor province on Thursday night, the Observatory said.
Six ISIS terrorists were eliminated in the clashes, the Observatory said.
The attack targeted a desert village south of the city of Mayadeen, upstream from the stretch of Euphrates Valley where ISIS made a desperate last stand for its “caliphate” and lost it to Kurdish-led forces last month. However, ISIS retains desert and mountain hideouts in both Syria and Iraq.
Commanders of the US-led coalition, which provided air and artillery support for the Kurdish-led operation, have warned repeatedly that the jihadists’ loss of their last piece of territory did not mean their elimination as a fighting force.