ISIS Attacks Pro-Government Fighters in Syria, Killing at Least 15

Islamists hit 3 military positions in eastern Homs desert

ISIS forces carried out a series of attacks against pro-government military sites In the eastern Homs desert of Syria on Friday, sparking gun battles that left at least 15 pro-government forces dead and an unknown number of others wounded.

The wounded were evacuated to hospitals in Homs Province, with the number of wounded expected to rise as sites recover from the onslaught.

Weakened in protracted offensives during the Syrian Civil War, ISIS has been attempting to return to its previous level of power and influence across the nation and is carrying out a growing number of attacks.

In addition to the attacks on pro-government forces, ISIS reportedly threw a grenade against a house in Deir Ezzor, further to the east. One person was injured.

This is the first big series of attacks since April 19, when ISIS killed 28 soldiers and other pro-government fighters across the east of the country. The majority of the pro-government fighters killed in that case were from the Palestinian Quds Force.

After losing most of their territory, ISIS fighters fled into the Syrian deserts. Though some efforts were made to eradicate them from the area, these attempts mostly failed. A substantial fighting force is believed to remain inside Syria, capable of carrying out such attacks as occurred Friday.

Author: Jason Ditz

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