Islamic State (IS) Ambush Kills 15 Pro-Regime Fighters in Syria

At least 15 Syrian pro-government fighters were killed and several others wounded when the Islamic State (IS) militants targeted their bus in eastern war-hit country on Monday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said that the ambush took place on the road linking the city of Raqa, which used to be a major IS hub and is under Kurdish control.

The war monitoring group said it was not immediately clear if those killed were from the regular army or allied militia.

Several other fighters were critically wounded in the incident, the Observatory said without identifying the exact numbers.

“The ambush was the deadliest of its kind since a similar attack in early March that also killed 15 in the Palmyra region,” Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said.

This is also considered as the heaviest death toll reported in pro-government ranks since a truce agreement brokered by Russia and Turkey in March 2020.

The IS group did not issue any statement claiming responsibility for Monday’s attack so far.

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