The Russian-backed Syrian regime forces launched a military campaign against the Islamic State (ISIS) militants in the Badia desert amid an intensification of attacks on the regime army and its allied forces, that left more than 20 fighters dead in one week.
Pro-regime media outlets said Russian and Syrian warplanes had pounded Daesh bastions in a desert region lying between eastern Deir-ez-Zor and central Homs provinces.
At least nine pro-Bashar al-Assad fighters were killed on Saturday and Sunday in ISIS attacks in the Badia desert in central Homs province, local activists told Zaman al-Wasl.
The group was defeated in Syria in March 2019, but sleeper cells continue to launch attacks in the vast Badia desert spanning from central Syria eastwards to the border with Iraq.
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