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ISIS poses threat in the Syrian desert

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Islam News – The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said in a Dec. 4 report, “Military operations are ongoing in separate axes in the Syrian desert between the Syrian army and the militias loyal to it on the one hand, and ISIS (the Islamic State) on the other.

According to the report, the clashes between the two sides are mostly concentrated in the Aleppo-Hama-Raqqa triangle, and to a lesser extent in the deserts of Deir Ez-Zor and Homs.

The terrorist group seeks to maintain its activity in the area, by continuing its attacks, ambushes, and explosions. Meanwhile, the Syrian forces are doing their best to limit ISIS’ activity, with Russian support, through intense airstrikes, the report added.

Al-Monitor said in a report that ISIS “is highly active in Palmyra and al-Sukhnah desert in the eastern countryside of Homs in addition to the Athria-Khanasser area near the eastern Hama countryside and the eastern Deir ez-Zor countryside, which are vast areas in the desert that no party has been able to fully control”. It added that The Syrian desert is not a flat sandy land as some people imagine it to be; it has many hills, valleys and rugged areas that provide protection a”nd camouflage for those holed up in it.”

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