ISIS announced on January 30 that its cells had ambushed a bus carrying soldiers of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the southern Raqqa countryside.
The group’s news agency, Amaq, said the bus was struck with an improvised explosive device as it was passing near the town of Mazra’at Kabsh. The agency released a short video of the ambush.
Amaq claimed that seven soldiers were killed and many others were injured in the ambush. However, no losses were reported by pro-government or opposition sources.
ISIS cells have been attempting to establish a foothold in southern Raqqa for a while now. Their new attack will likely provoke a fierce response from the SAA and its allies.
During the last month, ISIS terrorists killed or injured dozens of Syrian soldiers in similar ambushes on the Homs-Deir Ezzor highway, the M20. The army finally responded with a large-scale military operation on the highway. Three ISIS cells were eliminated.
Once the M20 is completely secured, Syrian government forces may launch a similar operation in the southern Raqqa countryside. The Russian Aerospace Forces, which have been supporting the operation on the M20, will likely provide assistance in Raqqa.
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