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Terrorist group “Islamic state” (IG, is prohibited in Russia) was far from defeat, the attack continues and gathers strength for a new large-scale attack. This writes the Al Masdar News.
The publication indicates that over the past two weeks, militants have increased the scale and number of attacks on Syrian government forces near the city of al-Mayadin in the province of Deir ez-Zor. In particular, on 27 July in the terrorist attack on army positions several soldiers were killed. In addition, members of the group actively attacked the position of Kurds in the province of hasakah.
A source in the Syrian security agencies indicated that such attacks are not random. According to him, the IG carries out a regrouping and preparing for a serious campaign to regain control of the territories. While the military is aware of the plans of the rebels, but the problem lies in the geography of the region: the jihadists on hand to mountains and caves in the desert province of Deir ez-Zor and HOMS.
On 8 July it was reported that Syrian troops have decided to defeat the remaining rebel positions “Islamic state” in Deir ez-Zor. Prior to that, the Iraqi army decided to clean up from ISIS-held territory from their side of the border with Syria: the military launched an offensive in the provinces of Salah ad-DIN and Anbar in the West of the country.
In 2014, ISIS has captured large areas of Syria and Iraq, declaring there’s a global Caliphate. In 2017 the group has lost control over 90 percent of the previously occupied territories. With the organization in Syria fought as the international coalition led by the United States and Russia, which Damascus has formally requested help.
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