On November 10, Russia Minister of Defense, Sergey Shoygu, revealed that the number of suicide attacks conducted by ISIS in Syria has increased lately.
The Russian Defense Minister said that ISIS fighters are carrying such suicide attacks individually or using vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs). According to Shoygu, in some days ISIS fighters conducted 20 suicide attack against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) on the frontlines.
“Unfortunately, huge territories are mined. In addition to that, I cannot help but mention that the numbers of suicide attackers increase many-fold as the militant-controlled territories decrease,” Shoygu said.
Shoygu revealed that the Russian Army formed a specialized “anti-VBIEDs” group to counter the threat. The Russian defense minister said that these “anti-VBIEDs” groups are “acting efficiently”.
He also announced that the Russian demining experts begin to remove mines and IEDs from the newly liberated al-Bukamal city near the Syrian-Iraqi border.
“Work is already going on in Deir Ezzor city and Mayadin. Today we also started demining and combing the town of Abu Kamal. That’s was the last major ISIS stronghold in the country with a relatively high concentration of terrorists,” said Shoygu.
The repeated loses, and the fear of being captured by the SAA could motivate ISIS fighters to conduct more suicide attacks with a hope that this might change the situation on the battlefield.