A fierce battle between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and ISIS terrorists is reportedly taking place in the eastern Hama countryside.
Clashes erupted late on October 21. Some opposition sources said the terrorist group launched a large-scale attack on the SAA and its allies in Ithriyah and other parts of the region. However, other sources claimed that government forces started a security operation there.
Syrian and Russian warplanes and attack helicopters are reportedly providing Syrian troops in eastern Hama with close air support and bombing ISIS positions in the region.
“21 personnel of regime forces and their militias were killed, while [only] 13 ISIS members were killed,” the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in a report, “the number of casualties will likely rise as many of the wounded are in a critical condition.”
In the last few months, the Hama-Aleppo-Raqqa triangle in central Syria saw a number of battles between the SAA and ISIS. Hundreds of fighters from both sides were killed or injured.
Hundreds of terrorists are taking shelter in the Homs desert, which is located between the triangle to the north and the Damascus desert in the south.
ISIS terrorists are attempting to expand their influence in the central region. The terrorists are reportedly relying on the support of U.S.-backed fighters based in the southeastern area of al-Tanaf.
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