ISIS claimed on March 11 that its cells in the northern Syrian governorate of Aleppo had captured and executed seven Syrian soldiers.
In a statement released by the Amaq agency, the terrorist group claimed that the soldiers were captured in an ambush in the southeastern Aleppo countryside.
“With the grace of God Almighty, caliph soldiers ambushed personnel of the apostate Nusayri army [ISIS’ term for the Syrian Arab Army (SAA)] southeast of Aleppo, yesterday [March 10], which led to the capture of seven personnel who were executed, praise be to God,” Amaq’s statement reads.
Pro-government sources didn’t report any attack on SAA troops in southeast Aleppo in the last 48 hours. However, few attacks usually go uncovered.
ISIS cells in Aleppo resumed their activities last December, when they attacked a checkpoint of the SAA on a road near the town of Khanasir in the southern countryside. Three soldiers who were manning the checkpoint were killed in the attack.
By launching such limited attacks, the terrorist group is attempting to strengthen its influence within the government-held areas. The group is focusing on key areas linking the country’s eastern, northern and central regions.