ISIS Kills at Least 28 Syrian Soldiers and Pro-Govt Fighters

Resurgent ISIS attacks bus carrying Quds Brigade fighters near Sukhna

Underscoring the danger of a resurgent ISIS in Syria, the group made two attacks on Syrian military and pro-government fighters today, killing at least 28.

The larger of the two attacks was made near the ISIS stronghold of Sukhna, where ISIS fighters attacked a bus carrying members of the Quds Brigade. At least 22 were killed and, according to pro-government radio, all were Quds Brigade members.

The Quds Brigade are mostly Palestinian fighters in Syria and have been fighting on the side of government forces throughout the Syrian Civil War. It is unclear why the bus was traveling so close to a dangerous ISIS stronghold often used for attacks on pro-government fighters.

The other attack was on a Syrian military base near al-Bukamal, the town that is the primary border crossing from Syria’s Deir Ezzor Province into neighboring Iraq. Six Syrian soldiers were reported killed.

This is the first attack attributed to ISIS this month, and the first since March when ISIS ambushed and killed eight Syrian soldiers in the eastern desert.

Though ISIS was presented as defeated years ago, the group has been quietly rebuilding in desert areas and has been, in recent months, carrying out attacks proving that they are still a force to be reckoned with.

Author: Jason Ditz

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