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Early on July 28, ISIS cells launched a large-scale attack on the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies in the western Deir Ezzor countryside.

The attack targeted posts located near al-Kuratah oil station, in Jabal al Bishri and along Deir Ezzor’s administrative border with Raqqa.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, heavy clashes broke out between ISIS terrorists and Syrian troops. Warplanes of the Russian Aerospace Forces targeted the terrorists with a number of airstrikes.

“The clashes resulted in the killing of seven members of regime forces and loyal militias, in addition to the killing of at least five members of the organization [ISIS] as a result of aerial bombardment and clashes,” the London-based monitoring group said in a report.

This was one of ISIS largest attacks in central Syria this year. The attack was most likely launched from the terrorist group’s main stronghold in the region, the Homs desert. The desert area lays between eastern Homs and western Deir Ezzor.

Despite its ability to launch large-scale attacks, the terrorist group is still contained away from large urban centers and key roads.

ISIS cells in central Syria are not surviving on their own. The terrorists reportedly receive support from US-backed fighters based in the southeastern area of al-Tanf, where the US-led coalition maintains a garrison.


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