At least 20 Syrian soldiers were killed and others were injured when gunmen ambushed a bus carrying them in the country’s east, according to opposition activists…..CONTINUE READING
In the attack on a desert road close to the eastern town of Mayadeen in the Deir Az Zor province, which borders Iraq, 23 Syrian soldiers were killed and 10 were wounded, according to information released on Friday by the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
20 soldiers were reportedly killed and others were injured, according to other Syrian activist groups.
Members of ISIL (ISIS), whose sleeper cells in some areas of Syria still carry out lethal attacks despite their defeat in 2019, according to the Britain-based observatory, carried out the ambush.
The bus was surrounded by armed men who opened fire in what was the deadliest attack by ISIL this year, and it was further stated that “dozens of [other] soldiers” were missing.
The Syrian government and army made no immediate comments.
According to Rami Abdurrahman, the observatory’s director, attacks by ISIL sleeper cells in Syria have recently become more brazen and bloodier, especially in the vast desert regions they once controlled.
ISIL “has recently been escalating its deadly military attacks… aiming to cause as many deaths as possible,” according to Abdurrahman.
They are attempting to convey “a message aimed at showing the group is still active and powerful despite the targeting of its leaders,” he told AFP.
This month, the group appointed Abu Hafs al-Hashimi al – Qurashi as its new leader, officially confirming the passing of its previous leader Abu Hussein al’Hassini, whom Turkey claimed to have killed in April.
In June 2014, its members proclaimed a caliphate in Syria and Iraq, which they controlled in sizable portions. They were defeated in Iraq in 2017 and Syria two years later after losing the territory over the years.
ISIL lost the last of its Syrian territory to a Kurdish-led counteroffensive in March 2019, but sleeper cells continue to launch lethal attacks.
Deir Az Zor, a sizable desert province, is divided between Kurdish-led fighters led by the United States and Syrian troops supported by Iran and Russia…..CONTINUE READING