The operation, which was launched by the army and other pro-government forces on December 22, is meant to secure the Hama-Aleppo-Raqqa triangle. During the last few months, ISIS terrorists carried out dozens of attacks on troops and civilians in the region.
On December 30, the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that heavy clashes between army troops and ISIS terrorists are still taking place in the triangle.
The Russian Aerospace Forces have been supporting the operation since the day one. In the last 24 hours, a number of airstrikes targeted ISIS terrorists and their hideouts in eastern Hama, southern Aleppo and southern Raqqa.
The ongoing clashes in the Hama-Aleppo-Raqqa triangle led to casualties among the both sides. However, there are no details on the losses.
During 2020, ISIS terrorists managed to expand their influence in Syria’s central region beyond their stronghold, the Homs desert. The terrorists established hideouts in the Hama-Aleppo-Raqqa triangle as well as in the western Deir Ezzor countryside.
The SAA and its allies will have to adopt a more aggressive approach to counter the growing ISIS threat in the central region if they want to neutralize ISIS cells before their operations reach urban centers.