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Damascus, Syria – On Friday, at least 70 pro-Assad army forces were killed during attacks by militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) in the provinces of Hamah and Homs, central Syria.
The IS operations have reportedly targeted security checkpoints of forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
According to the Syria Observatory, most of the casualties were reported in Hamah.
During the attacks, several IS militants were also killed, the source said.
The regime controls most of Homs and Hama, where IS has few positions in the eastern parts of the provinces.
“IS has faced setbacks recently in the provinces of Aleppo and Raqqa and in Hasakah in confrontations with Kurds on the one hand and regime forces on the other, and are now trying to score military points, even limited ones, to offset their losses,” the Observatory director said in a report on Friday.
Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi