Islamic State tries to extend control over Syria’s Homs and Hamah

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An ISIS militant in Syria's Raqqa, the group's major headquarter western the country. File photo

ARA News

Damascus, Syria – On Monday, militants fighters of the Islamic State (IS/ISIL) launched an attack against a Syrian military airport in the province of Homs, after intensifying their operations against regime forces in central Syria.  

“Islamic State insurgents stormed the regime-held Tadmur’s military airport in Homs province,”Wael Rahhal, a media activist in Homs, told ARA News. 

In the meantime, a military unit from the IS group launched an attack on headquarters of the Syrian army in Hamah province, killing more than 70 soldiers, military sources reported on Monday.

“Intensive clashes took place between IS and pro-Assad forces in the western countryside of Hamah, centered in the village of Sheikh Hilal,” Abdulqadir Saeed, a Free Syrian Army (FSA) media personnel, told ARA News, adding that the clashes continued until Monday evening. No casualties were reported.

The Islamic State is trying to impose its control over major areas in Hamah and Homs in central Syria, after the failure of the FSA rebels to hold positions against pro-Assad forces. 

 

Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi 

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