On December 10, ISIS terrorists attacked a Syrian pro-government group backed by the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in the southern countryside of Deir Ezzor.
The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said that the attack, which took place in the early hours of the morning, targeted positions in the area of Jouif, west of the town of al-Mayadin.
According to the monitoring group, the attack claimed the lives of nine pro-government fighters. ISIS also lost two of its terrorists in the clashes.
“The National Defense Forces and local militias loyal to Iran’s IRGC sent in military reinforcement to the area, which has witnessed an attack by the group’s cells and fierce clashes,” the SOHR’s report reads.
The IRGC backs a number of local pro-government groups in southern Deir Ezzor to secure the Syrian border with Iraq as well as prevent ISIS from resurfacing there.
The attack was likely launched from the Homs desert, ISIS’ main stronghold in central Syria. The desert lays between western Deir Ezzor and eastern Homs. Hundreds of ISIS terrorists, including senior leaders of the group, are taking shelter in the Homs desert. The terrorists allegedly receive support from U.S.-backed fighters based in the southeastern region of al-Tanaf.
Syrian government forces and their allies are yet to take decisive action against the remaining terrorists in the Homs desert. This allows the group to further expand its influence in the region.
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