On April 1, Syrian government forces kicked off a large-scale combing operation in the southern and western Deir Ezzor countryside.
According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the National Defense Forces and the Palestinian al-Quds Brigade are leading the operation which is backed by the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS).
Government forces are combing the outskirts of the town of al-Mayadin, from the area of al-Banja all the way to the area of Fayda Ibn Moin’a.
“The combing operation was launched with Russian air support, as Russian warplanes were carrying out intensive airstrikes on the area and the Jabal al-Bashri area in the countryside of Deir Ezzor, along the administrative border with Raqqa,” the SOHR said in a report.
A day earlier, government forces deployed large reinforcements in Deir Ezzor to counter ISIS cells in the governorate, mainly near the border with Iraq.
ISIS cells sneak into the countryside of Deir Ezzor from their main stronghold in central Syria, the Homs desert. The terrorists launch attacks in the region on a regular basis.
The support of the VKS has been essential to the success of recent anti-ISIS operations in central Syria. Last month, around 1,400 Russian airstrikes hit the group’s cells, killing or injuring over 80 terrorists.
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