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Syria: fighting between IS and regime forces leaves dozens dead

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The conflict is still raging in central Syria. Clashes between the forces of the Syrian regime and the jihadists of the Islamic State (IS) group have killed around 50 people in 48 hours in the desert center of the country at war, an NGO reported on Saturday.

In the central province of Homs, fighting and airstrikes by the Russian air force, which intervenes in support of the power of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, have killed 20 pro-regime fighters and 31 jihadists, said l ” Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH). A previous assessment reported about forty deaths.

“The fighting was started on the night of Thursday to Friday with a jihadist assault on positions of the regime” near the locality of Sukhna, in the central Syrian desert, according to the director of the OSDH, Rami Abdel Rahmane.

Regular attacks

Since its defeat in Syria in March 2019, IS has regularly carried out deadly attacks, particularly in the vast desert stretching from the central province of Homs to that of Deir Ezzor in the east of the country.

In mid-May, the OSDH accused ISIS of having shot 11 people in two days, mostly regime fighters, on a desert road in the east of the country.

The jihadist attacks in Syria target both the Syrian army and its allies and the Kurdish forces, long supported by Washington in their fight against IS.

Rout for IS

After having self-proclaimed in 2014 a “caliphate” straddling Syria and Iraq, IS has followed up defeats in the two countries before being routed.

The war in Syria, launched in 2011 with the suppression of pro-democracy protests by Damascus, has killed more than 380,000 people.

It gradually turned into a complex conflict involving a multitude of belligerents, including jihadist groups and foreign powers.

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