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IS Group Claims Lethal Syria Assaults on Professional-Authorities Forces

The Islamic State group claimed duty Friday for assaults that killed dozens of pro-government forces and troopers within the Syrian desert this week, in one of many deadliest such assaults this yr.

IS fighters “attacked two barracks of the Syrian military and the Nationwide Defence Forces the day earlier than yesterday, Wednesday, with medium and light-weight weapons,” the group stated in an announcement on the jihadists’ Amaq information company.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights warfare monitor had beforehand stated the assaults killed at the very least 34 pro-government fighters and troopers.

The jihadists launched “simultaneous assaults” at daybreak on checkpoints and army positions between Raqa, Homs, and Deir Ezzor, stated the Britain-based group, which depends on a community of sources on the bottom.

IS proclaimed a “caliphate” in June 2014 throughout swathes of Syria and Iraq and launched a reign of terror.

It was defeated territorially in Syria in 2019 however its remnants proceed to hold out lethal hit-and-run assaults and ambushes, notably from desert hideouts, focusing on each pro-government forces and Kurdish-led fighters.

IS was blamed for a string of lethal assaults on authorities loyalists earlier this yr.

In August, 33 Syrian troopers had been killed when IS ambushed their bus within the desert close to Mayadeen in Deir Ezzor province, the Observatory stated on the time.

Days earlier, 10 authorities loyalists had been killed in an IS assault in Raqa province, the jihadists’ former stronghold in Syria, the Observatory reported.

Additionally in August, the jihadists attacked a convoy of oil tanker vans guarded by the military within the Syrian desert, killing seven individuals together with two civilians.

The identical month, IS introduced the loss of life of its chief and named his substitute — the group’s fifth chief — as Abu Hafs al-Hashimi al-Qurashi.

Syria’s warfare broke out in 2011 when President Bashar al-Assad‘s safety forces crushed peaceable pro-democracy protests, later drawing in international powers and international jihadists.

The battle has killed greater than 500,000 individuals and pushed half of the nation’s pre-war inhabitants from their houses.