Government forces comb Syria’s Deir ez-Zor after IED attack

DEIR EZ-ZOR, Syria (North Press) – After being targeted with an IED, Russian-backed Syrian government forces in the western countryside of Deir ez-Zor, east Syria, launched a combing campaign in the vicinity of their headquarters and military posts on Friday.

On Friday afternoon, the Russian-backed Fifth Corps intensified the combing campaigns in Syrian government-held areas of Ma’dan Atiq Desert in the western countryside of Deir ez-Zor, according to local sources.

Three convoys of the Fifth Corps, including cars equipped with weapons, headed towards the desert of the town of Ma’dan Atiq, Abdullah al-Khalaf, a resident from the town, said.

This took place in conjunction with flight by Russian drones over Ma’dan Atiq and its desert.

A state of alarm within the military posts began after a patrol of the Fifth Corps was targeted on the outskirts of Ma’dan Atiq by an IED that was planted on the route, Ali al-Hussein (a pseudonym), a member of the Fifth Corps, said.

Al-Hussein did not mention details regarding the impacts of the IED explosion.

In May, National Defense members accompanied by the Fifth Corps launched a combing campaign, said to target sites of Islamic State (ISIS) sleeper cells in the government-held area of al-Tebni desert in the western countryside of Deir ez-Zor.

Reporting by Ahmed Musa