The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) sent reinforcements south of Raqqa to combat Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) activity in Deir Ezzor, as shown in footage from the village of al-Thawra on Tuesday.
Footage from al-Thawra, some 55 km (34 miles) west of Raqqa, shows SAA soldiers commencing preparations for an operation against IS in Deir Ezzor governorate.
«We are now completing what we started... Еще, combing the desert of Syria to purge it of terrorism and IS,» one SAA soldier said. «Any place that indicates the existence of ISIS or terrorism — from a den or a well of water or any place where terrorists appear to be living, we are cleaning it up and eliminating terrorism completely.»
IS recently amped up their attacks in both Syria and Iraq, taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to go against the SAA, the Iraqi Armed Forces and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
While IS has lost its territories in both Iraq and Syria between 2017 and 2019, it has since then been relying on sleeper cells to carry out attacks between the desert region of both countries.