ISIS Kills 15 Syrian Troops in Bus Near Palmyra

Bus was ambushed in the desert

In the desert near Syria’s Palmyra, ISIS carried out an attack on an army bus, killing 15 soldiers and wounding 18 others, many gravely. Officers were reportedly among the slain.

ISIS has yet to comment, but the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed the incident, warning that the toll could rise further. The Palmyra desert is one of the big areas in which ISIS remnants are known to operate.

That’s been a recurring issue since the defeat of ISIS, as most of their fighters just fled into the deserts and are still active to this day, carrying out ambushes when opportunity presents itself.

This is one of several ISIS attacks so far in 2022, as the group seems to be getting more aggressive. The biggest attack was in Hasakeh, where they besieged a prison holding ISIS detainees.

Author: Jason Ditz

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