ISIS news agency, Amaq, announced on January 1 that ISIS terrorists had ambushed a unit of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the central region.
The ambush took place in the eastern Hama countryside on December 30. The terrorists targeted the unit, which was moving aboard a vehicle, with an improvised explosive device.
“[The vehicle] was destroyed, everyone aboard was either killed or wounded,” a press release by Amaq reads.
Earlier on the same day, ISIS terrorists ambushed a bus near the village of Kabbajb on the M20 highway, which links the cities of Homs and Deir Ezzor.
Amaq claimed that 40 Syrian service members were killed and many others were injured in the ambush. Nevertheless, the Syrian Arab News Agency said 25 people, including civilians, were killed and 13 others were injured in the attack.
The recent ISIS attacks in the central region show how the group’s growing presence there. ISIS cells have started to carry out larger, bolder attacks.
The SAA and its allies have failed to contain ISIS terrorists within the Homs desert. The terrorists are now active in the Hama-Aleppo-Raqqa triangle as well as in the western countryside of Deir Ezzor.
A new, more aggressive military approach is needed to address the growing threat of ISIS in Syria’s central region. The SAA and its allies still have to contribute notable efforts to put an end to the terrorist group’s presence in the region.
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