IS attack in Syria kills Syrian soldiers

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Syria SyriaFive soldiers were killed in an Islamic State (IS) missile attack on a transport convoy in Syria’s Badia desert on Sunday. Syrian state-run media confirmed the news on Sunday evening.

Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported that twenty other soldiers were also wounded during the attack. The attack was carried out late Sunday in a remote region on the edge of the eastern province of Deir Ezzor.

Two years ago, a Russian major general was killed in a roadside bomb attack in the desert outside Deir Ezzor city in the country. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) claimed nine Syrian soldiers and affiliated militiamen were killed in the attack.

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Another incident took place on December 2 in Syria. IS fighters ambushed a bus of Syrian oilfield workers in Deir Ezzor province. They killed ten people and injured one. On December 15, IS fighters started a war and demanded extortion money over oil production.

The jihadist group used to rely heavily on Syria’s oilfields to fund its proto-stat. However, they lost control of the oil trade because of the United States-led bombing campaign across the country. This incident took place in 2017-18. Earlier, the United States retained 900 troops in northeast Syria and at the remote al-Tanf outpost on Syria’s southern border with Iraq.

As per the report by SOHR, a similar incident took place in November. Reportedly, a Syrian brigadier general was reportedly killed along with four soldiers and 13 civilians in the Badia desert in IS attacks in November. IS attacks have reportedly killed close to 1,800 government and allied forces in Syria.

Recently, two children and a woman were killed in the attacks in Syria. Reportedly, 10 others were injured by Russian forces. Reportedly, frequent bombings and fighting have put nearly 50% of health facilities out of service in the country. However, the Syrian people need health services the most amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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