A number of Syrian service members were killed or injured in three separate attacks by ISIS cells in the country’s vast central region.
The first two attacks took place in the eastern Hama countryside on January 18. ISIS cells blew up a vehicle of the Syrian Arab Army near the town of Salamiyah with an improvised explosive device (IED), killing and injuring several service members who were aboard the vehicle.
The terrorist group’s cells also targeted a group of soldiers east of Hama city with machine guns. The ISIS news agency, Amaq, claimed that six soldiers were killed.
The third attack took place in the eastern countryside of Homs on January 20. Two soldiers who were traveling on a motorcycle near the town of al-Sukhnah were targeted with an IED. ISIS said both soldiers were killed on the spot.
Last year, ISIS cells in the central region expanded their influence. The terrorists began launching attacks in the Hama-Aleppo-Raqqa triangle as well as in western and southern Deir Ezzor.
The repeated operations by Syrian government forces have so far failed to contain or even deter ISIS cells in the central region.
Government forces, with support from the Russian Aerospace Forces, are currently working to secure the Homs-Deir Ezzor highway – the M20. ISIS has apparently shifted its attention to Hama for the time being.
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