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Syrian Forces Launch Operation To Secure Homs-Deir Ezzor Highway With Russian Support

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Syrian Forces Launch Operation To Secure Homs-Deir Ezzor Highway With Russian Support

FILE PHOTO: Sukhoi Su-24 attack aircraft before departing for its permanent base in Russia from Khmeimim Air Base in Syria. © Vadim Grishankin / Sputnik

On January 16, Syrian government forces kicked off a large combing operation to secure the M20 highway, which links Homs and Deir Ezzor.

Units from the Syrian Arab Army 5th Corps, the National Defense Forces and the Palestinian al-Quds Brigade are taking part in the operation, which is backed by Russian forces.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said the new operation is a response to recent attacks by ISIS cells. The terrorists are assaulting and ambushing government troops and civilians on the M20 on a regular basis.

Last month, ISIS cells ambushed a bus near the town of Kabbajb on the M20. 25 people, including civilians, were killed.

According to the SOHR, warplanes of the Russian Aerospace Forces conducted at least 65 airstrikes on ISIS terrorists, hideouts and equipment in central Syria in the last 24 hours.

“There are reports of casualties [in ISIS’ ranks],” the London-based monitoring group said in a report without providing any additional details.

ISIS cells have been actively working to expand their influence in central Syria. In the last few months, the terrorists launched attacks in the Hama-Aleppo-Raqqa triangle as well as in western and southern Deir Ezzor.

The new operation may secure the M20 highway for the short term. Nevertheless, more serious measures are needed to neutralize the ISIS threat in the central region.


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ISIS started to encircle Russian military airport? Run! :))

Rhodium 10

ISIS only can plant mines or IED..beside to attack bus or trucks with small arms!…they cannot do anything else…not even to take a village!…



Rhodium 10

Only can do that…they dream to build the “caliphate”…but with Russians and Iranians on ground it is a Mission impossible!


Russians on ground?

Rhodium 10

there are a total 5000 Russian soldiers deployed along Syria

Willing Conscience (The Truths

They don’t want to take over towns anymore, all their latest statements say they’re changing tract and now fighting a war of attrition against the SAA using hit and run tactics, so they’re doing exactly what they said they would, and any military man knows a guerilla war is just about impossible for a static army to counter, the enemy always has the advantage.

Rhodium 10

they can cause damage using terrorist and guerrilla warfare…but nothing else!…

cechas vodobenikov

no more 70 virgins; ISIS can only hope to meet LGBT amerikans when deported to Kansas

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