18 members of Syrian regime and 26 ISIS fighters killed in Syrian desert clashes

PALMYRA, Syria – Forty-four members of the Syrian regime forces and the Islamic State (ISIS) were killed in the past 48 hours during violent confrontations in the Syrian desert (Badia) outside Palmyra and Homs.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), ISIS elements launched an attack on the locations of the Syrian regime forces in the vicinity of Al-Sukhnah in the eastern countryside of Homs, leading to violent confrontations between the two sides. Russian warplanes intervened to support the Syrian regime forces.

SOHR also reported the killing of 26 ISIS fighters and 18 members of the regime forces and its affiliated militias during the confrontations.

Despite the liberation of ISIS occupied territory by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) a year and a half ago, ISIS is still spreading in areas under the control of Iran and the Syrian regime in the Badia which extend from the eastern countryside of Homs to the Iraqi border.