Over 40 fighters killed in clashes between ISIS, regime in Syria: Monitor 

This frame grab from video posted online shows ISIS fighters carrying the group’s flag inside Baghouz, Syria. (File photo: AP)

Clashes between Russia-backed Syrian regime forces and ISIS have killed more than 40 fighters on the two sides in just 48 hours, a Britain-based war monitor said Saturday.

Fighting and Russian air strikes in the central desert province of Homs since late Thursday have taken the lives of 18 pro-government fighters and 26 extremists, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

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“The fighting started in the night of Thursday to Friday with an [extremist] assault on regime positions” near the town of al-Sukhna, Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said.

ISIS fighters have retained a roving presence in Syria’s vast Badia desert, despite losing their last shred of territory last year. They regularly carry out attacks there.

ISIS declared a cross-border “caliphate” in large parts of Syria and neighboring Iraq in 2014, but several military campaigns against it chipped away at that proto-state and eventually led to its territorial demise.

Syria’s war has killed more than 380,000 people since it started in 2011 with the repression of anti-government protests, before evolving into a complex conflict involving world powers and extremists.

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Last Update: Saturday, 04 July 2020 KSA 16:52 - GMT 13:52
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