On December 22, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies kicked off a new operation against ISIS cells in the Hama-Aleppo-Raqqa triangle in the country’s central region.
The Russian Aerospace Forces supports the operation. Russian warplanes are carrying out airstrikes on ISIS terrorists and their hideouts in the region.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), army troops are combing the Ithriyah-Tabqah road that links Hama and Raqqa. In the last few months, ISIS terrorists carried out a series of attacks along the road.
As of December 23, heavy clashes between the SAA and ISIS cells are still ongoing in the Hama-Aleppo-Raqqa triangle. Casualties were reported on both sides.
“Five service members of regime forces and loyal gunmen lost their lives, while nine of the Islamic State [ISIS] organization were killed,” the SOHR said in a report. “The death toll will likely rise because many of the wounded are in a critical condition.”
ISIS cells expanded their influence from the Homs desert, between eastern Homs and western Deir Ezzor, to the Hama-Aleppo-Raqqa triangle earlier this year following a series of hit-and-run attacks on Syrian government troops.
The terrorists in central Syria are reportedly buying supplies, including weapons, from U.S.-backed fighters based at the southeastern area of al-Tanf.
The new operation will likely restrict terrorists access to the Hama-Aleppo-Raqqa triangle. However, it will not end ISIS’ growing threat in the central region.
- Military Situation In Syria On December 23, 2020 (Map Update)
- Military Situation In Syria On December 22, 2020 (Map Update)