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Has the Islamic State launched an offensive against the SAA in the desert? IS ambushes against soldiers and militias increase, even as Russia responds with air strikes. The surge in attacks by the former Isis is worrying
The Islamic State has launched a new wave of ambushes against the Syrian army (SAA) and the allied militias between Hama, Homs, Raqqa and Deir Ezzor. The jihadist attacks have so far caused at least 25 deaths among the enemy forces and continue. Nevertheless, the Russian fighters took off again for raids across the quadrant. The strikes, in fact, have now lost much of their effectiveness. IS terrorists have learned to avoid them by hiding in a network of tunnels or buildings inhabited by civilians. Once the emergency is over, they come out and start hitting the soldiers again, even with simultaneous operations. In addition, the obligatory routes that SAA vehicles will have to travel during the daily roundups in the region are scattered with mines. What is most worrying, however, is the recent increase in “incidents”, which suggests a possible counter-offensive by the former Isis on the SAA.