Russian escalation against ISIS in Syrian desert

Russian aircrafts have increased their bombing on ISIS mercenaries in the Syrian Badia, coinciding with clashes between the government forces and the mercenaries.

Today, Russian fighter jets bombed the sites of ISIS mercenaries in the Syrian Badia at Hama-Aleppo-Raqqa triangle, amid continuous hit-and-run battles between ISIS mercenaries and the government forces in the Badia.

The Syrian Observatory indicated earlier that the airspace of the Syrian Badia is witnessing continuous sorties by Russian warplanes, amid intense raids carried out on a daily basis, targeting areas where ISIS mercenaries are spread, in an attempt to curb its intense and escalating activity, as ISIS intends to target the government forces' sites in different places of the Syrian desert.

ISIS attacks were concentrated in al-Shula Badia west of Deir ez-Zor, reaching Al Bukamal desert in the east, Deir ez-Zor - Mayadin road, and Hamima - the third station road towards the city of Palmyra in the eastern countryside of Homs, in addition to al-Rusafa area in the countryside of Raqqa, as well as the Ithria area in the eastern countryside of Hama and As Suwayda desert.

Within a week, these operations resulted in the killing of at least 48 government forces' members, including officers and leaders, and the wounding of dozens of them, in addition to losing contact with more than 50 elements during the combing campaigns in the Syrian Badia. Moreover, 22 ISIS mercenaries were killed in the Russian air strikes and clashes.

ISIS launched separate attacks and set up ambushes in separate areas of the Syrian desert over the past month despite the daily air strikes launched by Russian aircrafts.

Russia announced the implementation of a military operation in the Syrian desert which it called "the White Desert" after the killing of a Russian brigade officer in Deir ez-Zor.


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