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Islamic State Attack Claims Lives of Nine Syrian Regime Soldiers in Homs Desert

Gulan Media February 14, 2024 News
Islamic State Attack Claims Lives of Nine Syrian Regime Soldiers in Homs Desert

In a brazen assault on Tuesday, Islamic State militants struck Syrian regime forces stationed in the arid Badia desert of Homs countryside, resulting in the tragic loss of nine soldiers' lives and leaving several others wounded.

According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the attack unfolded in the eastern part of Hama province where regime soldiers had gathered. The incident marks a distressing escalation in the region, with SOHR reporting a notable surge in IS militant activities across the Syrian desert since the outset of 2024. These include targeted assaults, clashes, and the malicious placement of landmines in various desert territories.

This latest assault follows a pattern of relentless attacks by the Islamic State on forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Earlier this month, five individuals lost their lives in a similar jihadist strike, as confirmed by the Observatory.

The Syrian desert has been a recurrent theater for such deadly encounters, with IS jihadists persisting in their hit-and-run tactics and ambushes despite suffering territorial defeats in Syria back in 2019. Notably, in January, a separate attack by Islamic State members in Palmyra desert claimed the lives of four regime soldiers and inflicted multiple injuries.

The resilience of the jihadist group underscores the enduring security challenges facing Syria, particularly in remote desert regions where militants continue to exploit vulnerabilities and launch deadly assaults on military outposts.

Authorities are yet to comment on the latest attack, but the incident serves as a stark reminder of the persistent threat posed by extremist groups in the Syrian conflict landscape.

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