Syria warfare: IS ‘kills 35’ authorities troops in desert assaults


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Baghuz, the group’s final territorial stronghold, was captured final month

Islamic State militants have killed 35 Syrian pro-government forces in desert assaults in latest days, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says.

The UK-based monitoring group says the militants attacked in Homs and Deir al-Zour provinces.

IS media has spoken concerning the alleged assaults, however Syrian officers haven’t confirmed them.

It comes weeks after experiences some IS militants had fled into the desert from Baghuz – their final stronghold.

The world was declared “freed” by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on 23 March.

Though the declaration marked the final territorial victory over the group’s caliphate, consultants warn it doesn’t imply the tip of IS or its ideology.

Hundreds of fighters and their households captured from Baghuz, together with overseas nationals, stay in camps close by.

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Media captionBBC Arabic’s Feras Kilani says that shedding their final stronghold is unlikely to be the tip of Islamic State.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights say IS militants have killed 27 authorities troops and allied militia within the desert within the east of Homs province since Thursday.

One other eight had been killed within the province of Deir al-Zour on Thursday evening, the monitor experiences.

Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman described it because the “largest assault and the best demise toll amongst regime forces because the caliphate was declared defeated”.

At the very least six IS militants had been additionally killed within the clashes, the monitor says.

The IS group’s information outlet, Amaq, allege its militants had been capable of seize military weapons throughout the Homs clashes, together with numerous armoured automobiles and machine weapons.

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