Islamic State kills nine pro-regime fighters in eastern Syria: War monitor

The ISIS terror group killed nine pro-regime fighters in a single day in eastern Syria, a war monitor said on Thursday, the latest in a series of attacks in the region.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based monitoring organization with an extensive network of sources on the ground, the nine people were among 30 Syrian soldiers and allied fighters killed in the attacks. Islamic State this week alone.

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“Fierce clashes” since Wednesday between regime forces and Islamic State in a remote area of ​​eastern Raqa province also killed seven extremists, the Observatory said.

The fighting followed an ambush, claimed by Islamic State, of a bus carrying regular army fighters and allied militias on the desert road linking the cities of Raqa and Homs.

Monday’s attack, one of the deadliest of its kind this year, killed at least 15 people according to the Observatory.

The monitor also said that on Wednesday, four more soldiers were killed in an ISIS ambush near the Dumayr military airport, east of the capital Damascus, and two more were killed earlier. this week in the Raqa region.

The once sprawling self-proclaimed “caliphate” of Islamic State straddling Iraq and Syria was defeated in March 2019 by US-backed local forces. He has not held any permanent positions since then.

But it continued to carry out guerrilla-style attacks against the regime and Kurdish-led forces in eastern Syria, as well as government and allied troops in Iraq.

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