Syrian pro-government media and an opposition battle monitor say the Islamic State group ambushed pro-government militiamen in an in a single day assault within the nation’s east, killing at the least 21 fighters
ByKAREEM CHEHAYEB Related Press
November 8, 2023, 6:55 AM
BEIRUT — The Islamic State group ambushed pro-government militiamen in an in a single day assault in japanese Syria, killing at the least 21 fighters, pro-government media and an opposition battle monitor stated Wednesday.
Sham FM radio reported that the militiamen from the pro-government Nationwide Protection Locations have been ambushed within the village of al-Kawm within the central Syrian desert, between the government-held metropolis of Homs and south of the town of Raqqa, which is beneath management of U.S.-backed Kurdish-led forces.
British-based opposition battle monitor the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights additionally blamed IS for the assault however gave the next dying toll, saying there have been 34 militiamen killed. Completely different casualty figures are frequent within the aftermath of such assaults.
Syrian officers didn’t instantly touch upon the assault, and there was no rapid declare of duty from IS.
The assault comes as violence is rising elsewhere in Syria. The opposition-held enclave within the nation’s northwest has witnessed intense shelling and airstrikes by the Syrian military and Russian allies over the previous month, and an Iran-backed Iraqi militant group often launches assaults on U.S. bases in japanese and southern Syria.
Neighboring Israel has been mired in battle within the blockaded Gaza Strip since Oct. 7, following the lethal incursion by the Palestinian militant group into southern Israel. Israel has additionally continued to strike government-held components of Syria, together with quite a few assaults on the worldwide airports within the metropolis of Aleppo and the capital, Damascus.