Early on March 25, unidentified gunmen attacked posts of the Syrian Arab Army 5th Corps and Iranian-backed forces in southern Raqqa, according to the Eye of the Euphrates.
The attacks were carried out by a group of 15 gunmen who reportedly infiltrated government-held areas in the southern countryside of Raqqa using three pickup trucks. The gunmen abandoned their vehicles and then attacked a post of the 5th Corps near the village of Maksar with machine guns and hand grenades.
“Nine service members were killed and six others were captured,” A reporter of the news outlet said. “A number of vehicles were also destroyed.”
The Eye of the Euphrates shared a video allegedly showing a number of Syrian soldiers, who escaped the attack, taking shelter in a civilian house in Maskar.
At around the same time, a second group of gunmen raided a post of Iranian-backed forces near the town of al-Resafa. During the raid, three fighters were killed and five others were captured. The attackers also seized four vehicles armed with 14,5 mm guns and large quantities of weapons.
The two attacks were most likely carried out by ISIS cells, which have been active in southern Raqqa for a few months. The terrorists sneak into the area from the Homs desert, located in the heart of the central region.
Syrian government forces and their allies are yet to take additional measures to secure southern Raqqa, where the ISIS threat is alive and growing.
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