ISIS cells still control a large part of the Homs-Deir Ezzor desert despite the recent security operation conducted by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) in central Syria.
On February 21, the NDF media center announced that the SAA and the NDF had finished their combing operation in the central region. The operation, which started in early February, covered the areas of Homs, Rif Dimashq, Deir Ezzor and Raqqa provinces. Government forces eliminated several terrorists and sezied loads of weapons, but these were not enough to neutralize the ISIS threat.
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