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Syria: 15 regime forces were killed in an ISIS attack on a bus

Beirut – Antakya – “Al-Quds Al-Arabi” and agencies: At least 15 members of the Syrian regime forces were killed, yesterday morning, Monday, as a result of an attack on a bus in northern Syria, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The observatory included the targeting as part of the “continued operations of the “Islamic State” organization in the Badia of the countryside of Raqqa Governorate. For its part, the official Syrian news agency “SANA” reported, quoting a military source, that a “terrorist attack” had taken place, which led to “the death of eleven soldiers and two civilians, and the wounding of three other soldiers.”
And the ISIS-affiliated Amaq agency reported on the Telegram application that the organization claimed responsibility for the attack and “resulted in the killing of 13 people, most of them government forces.”
The attack took place on the road linking the city of Raqqa, which was one of the most prominent strongholds of the “Islamic State” organization during its control over large areas in Iraq and Syria, and which is currently under the control of the Kurds, in the city of Homs in the center of the country, which is under the control of the regime forces.
The observatory said that the death toll is likely to rise, given the presence of seriously wounded people.
And Al-Quds Al-Arabi sources indicated that the bus, which was targeted with rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine guns, was carrying elements of the so-called “National Defense” south of Raqqa, but other sources, private to Al-Quds Al-Arabi, confirmed that officers of the regime are among the dead.
Journalist Humam Issa told Al-Quds Al-Arabi that the civilian bus (Pulman) was carrying members of the regime forces, and it was targeted with an explosive device.
The director of the observatory, Rami Abdel Rahman, told AFP that this attack caused the largest number of deaths since a similar attack last March in the Syrian desert.
Journalist Zain Al-Abidin Al-Akedi told Al-Quds Al-Arabi that the Al-Bishri area is one of the fortified areas, and therefore witnessing the presence of the organization, as the organization transferred a large part of its forces from the Levant Badia to this area.
He confirmed to Al-Quds Al-Arabi that the regime launched more than one campaign in this area, the last of which was a few days ago, i.e. in mid-June, with the participation of the Fatemiyoun Brigade and Hezbollah militias, despite that the organization is still active in this area.
According to Al-Akidi, the organization’s operations in this and other areas of the Syrian Badia have become almost normal.
In turn, Ahed Al-Salibi, a journalist in the Nahr Media network, indicated to Al-Quds Al-Arabi that the organization’s attacks against the regime forces and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have not stopped, specifically in the Jabal al-Bishri area, which is under the control of the regime forces.
Al-Salibi added that the Jabal Al-Bishri area is witnessing an escalation and continuation of operations against the regime forces, followed by the Al-Sukhnah area separating between Deir ez-Zor and Palmyra in the Homs countryside.
He said that the attacks show the failure of all military campaigns on the part of the regime, the latest of which was the campaign that took place under Russian air cover a few days ago, in which more than 1,500 soldiers from the regime forces and from various militias participated.
On Friday, the “Islamic State” announced the outcome of the targeting operations carried out by its cells in their areas of spread around the world.
Through its official newspaper, Al-Naba, the organization announced that its cells had carried out 59 security operations in its areas of influence and the spread of its cells around the world, most of which were concentrated in Africa, and a total of these operations resulted in 262 dead and wounded.

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