The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) was conducting a new large-scale combing operation in the country’s central region, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on September 6.
According to the UK-based monitoring group, the operation is covering eastern Homs, eastern Hama, southern Aleppo and southern Raqqa. SAA troops are searching for ISIS cells and their hideouts.
The Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) are supporting the SAA’s new operation. VKS warplanes are conducting intense airstrikes on ISIS remnants in the region.
“[The operation] is an attempt to contain the escalating operations of the group, the combing operation also enjoys large Russian support and backing through intensive daily airstrikes by Russian warplanes,” the SOHR’s report reads.
Hundreds of ISIS terrorists, including senior commanders, are taking shelter in the Homs desert, in heart of Syria’s central region. The terrorists are reportedly receiving support from U.S.-backed fighters in the southeastern area of al-Tanaf.
Last month, Russian and Syrian forces conducted a large-scale operation in the desert. As a result, 327 terrorists were eliminated.
The new operation could limit ISIS activities in the central region in the short term. Only a large ground offensive could end the group’s presence in the region.
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