2 government soldiers, 6 Iran-backed militants killed in Syrian Desert

DEIR EZ-ZOR, Syria (North Press) – Two soldiers of the Syrian government forces and six Iranian-backed militants were killed on Sunday in an attack by the Islamic State (ISIS) in the Syrian Desert, central Syria.

A military source told North Press that ISIS militants set up an ambush for a joint patrol of the government forces and the Iranian-backed Liwa al-Quds militia in the desert near the town of al-Sukhnah in the east of Homs.

The Syrian Desert covers nearly half of Syria as it stretches across the governorates of Hama, Homs, Raqqa, Aleppo, and Deir ez-Zor.

Large areas of the Syrian Desert are controlled by Iranian-backed militias and the government forces, which frequently witness intensive attacks, mostly claimed by ISIS sleeper cells.

According to the source, the attack resulted in the killing of two government soldiers and six Liwa al-Quds militants, in addition to the injury of more than 10 military personnel.

The source pointed out the patrol had finished conducting a combing operation in the desert and was heading back when it was attacked with machine guns and rockets.

He added that several military personnel are still missing.

By Omar Abdurrahman