25 Killed as ISIS Fights Troops in Syria Desert

Heavy Russian airstrikes reported in area

Over the weekend, heavy fighting was reported in the Syrian desert, with ISIS again going after troops in the area around Aleppo and Hama. The reports are that about 25 were killed, 15 from ISIS.

While there was fighting reported throughout the weekend, there was also a report of 70 Russian airstrikes in the area. This likely reflects ISIS’s growing interest in expanding out of the desert, and the focus on keeping them pinned down.

ISIS has been conducting a growing number of attacks, particularly in the deserts, as they try to inflict meaningful casualties on government forces. ISIS has been in the desert almost exclusively in recent years, and wants to reassert itself in more valuable parts of the nation.

Syrian troops have struggled in fights with ISIS directly, but heavy airstrikes are something they are unlikely to have an answer for.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.