ISIS claims attack that kills 23 Syria regime soldiers

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At least 23 Syrian regime soldiers were killed in an attack on a military bus in the conflict-torn country’s east blamed on ISIS, a war monitor said Friday.

ISIS, which operates sleeper cells in lands it once ruled, claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement on its Telegram channel.

ISIS “members targeted a military bus” in Deir Ezzor province on Thursday, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, as remnants of the extremist group escalate their attacks.

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The attack killed “23 soldiers and wounded more than 10 others,” some of whom in critical condition, said the Britain-based group which relies on a wide network of sources inside Syria.

The Observatory said “dozens of (other) soldiers” were missing.

Despite losing their last piece of territory in Syria in 2019, ISIS has maintained hideouts in the vast Syrian desert from which it has carried out ambushes and hit-and-run attacks.

Its members in recent weeks have increased their attacks in Syria’s north and northeast.

Ten Syrian soldiers and pro-government fighters were killed earlier this week in an ISIS attack in the former extremist stronghold of Raqa province, the Observatory said Tuesday.

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