On January 22, the Syrian National Defense Forces (NDF) launched a combing operation in the western countryside of Deir Ezzor.
As a part of the new operation, NDF units will hunt down ISIS cells and search for their hideouts near the area of Faydat Ibn Mun’a, to the west of the town of al-Mayadin.
“34 military vehicles are taking part in the combing campaign,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said in a report. “They [vehicles] were seen heading from al-Mayadin town to the desert.”
According to the monitoring group, NDF units have received an air support from the Russian Aerospace Forces. In the last 24 hours, more than 25 Russian airstrikes hit ISIS cells, hideouts and equipment in the central region. Syrian warplanes also carried out airstrikes on the terrorist group’s cells.
Last week, the NDF, the Syrian Arab Army 5th Corps and the al-Quds Brigade launched a similar operation to secure the Homs-Deir Ezzor highway, the M20. The operation is still ongoing.
ISIS cells launch attacks on government troops and civilians in eastern Homs and western Deir Ezzor from the Homs desert on a regular basis. The vast desert lays between the two region.
The combing operation may limit ISIS movement in western Deir Ezzor. Nevertheless, it will not keep the terrorist group away for too long.
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