On March 5, the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) resumed its combat operations against ISIS cells in Syria’s central region.
According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Russian warplanes carried out more than 60 airstrikes on hideouts of ISIS in the eastern Hama countryside and other parts of the Hama-Aleppo-Raqqa triangle as well as in eastern Homs.
“The strikes killed 11 members of the group [ISIS], while many other were sustained varying injures,” the monitoring group said in a report.
The Russian airstrikes were likely provoked by two recent terrorist attacks on Syrian government forces in the eastern countryside of Hama.
A day earlier, ISIS terrorists raided a post of the Syrian Arab Army near the town of al-Salamiyah in eastern Hama. The terrorists also destroyed an army pickup with an improvised explosive device.
ISIS cells launch attacks from their main stronghold in central Syria, the Homs desert. Hundreds of the group’s fighters and commanders are reportedly taking shelter there.
The recent operations by Syrian government forces and the VKS in the central region inflicted heavy losses on ISIS and forced the group’s cells to step down their attacks. Nevertheless, more actions need to be done to contain this threat.
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