IS attacks in Syrian Desert kill pro-regime militia fighters

IS attacks in Syrian Desert kill pro-regime militia fighters
Islamic State group militants have continued operating in the Syrian Desert region, as attacks over the weekend killed a number of pro-regime militia members.
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20 September, 2021
Smaller IS pockets remain in parts of Syria despite being crushed in 2017 [AFP/Getty]

The Islamic State group launched attacks in the Syrian Desert region over the weekend, resulting in the deaths of several Syrian regime militia fighters.

An activist in the eastern Deir az-Zour region, Abu Omar al-Bukamali, told The New Arab’s sister site Al-Araby Al-Jadeed that two members of the Russian-backed Liwaa Al-Quds militia were killed on Sunday in an IS attack that targeted a military vehicle in the Syrian Desert (Al-Badia) - also known as the Syrian steppe -, which covers the southeast of the country.

Russian airstrikes have backed Syrian regime forces in their battles with IS over the past few days. 

Bukamali added that Russian planes launched several air raids after the Sunday attack, while regime forces mobilised in search of the attackers.

Several people in the town of Al-Bukamal, along the Iraqi border, were taken away by regime forces and allied militias searching for suspected IS members, including an elderly man and number of young people.

IS also launched an attack against Liwaa Al-Quds on Saturday in the Palmyra Desert, resulting in the deaths of five pro-regime fighters, according to local media.

Despite losing the vast territory it once controlled between Syria and Iraq, IS still operates in smaller numbers in the country, particularly in the Al-Badia region.

Al-Badia has witnessed almost daily clashes for months between IS militants and regime forces. Russia has also carried out regular airstrikes on the area.