Syrian Arab Army (SAA) units are still combing the eastern countryside of Hama, where ISIS cells carried out several attacks recently.
On March 13, the RT Arabic TV shared footage showing army troops combing the region. The troops are now working to remove mines and other explosive devices which were recently planted by ISIS cells.
The combing operation, which was not officially announced, was launched sometime earlier this month. SAA units are working to secure the Ithriyah highway, which links Hama with Aleppo and Raqqa. The army deployed reinforcements along the highway a few days ago.
ISIS cells stepped up their operations in the eastern countryside of Hama and other parts of the Hama-Aleppo-Raqqa triangle in the last few months.
The army’s ongoing operation in eastern Hama is being backed by the Russian Aerospace Forces. Russian warplanes carried out hundreds of airstrikes on ISIS terrorists earlier this week. According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, over 40 terrorists were killed.
The recent operations in central Syria inflicted some heavy losses on ISIS cells. Nevertheless, the terrorists continue to operate from their main stronghold, the Homs desert. Sooner or later, the SAA and its allies will have to push deep into the rough desert region.
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