ISIS claims dozens of Syrian soldiers killed in ambush; no confirmation

ISIS claimed on January 22 that its fighters had killed dozens of Syrian service members in a new ambush in the southern Raqqa countryside.

The terrorist group’s news agency, Amaq, said in a press release that a convoy of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) was ambushed by the group’s fighters near the town of Resafa. ISIS fighters attacked the convoy with several types of weapons, and targeted reinforcements with improvised-explosive devices (IEDs).

“The death toll from the ambush amounted to more than 20 Syrian army soldiers, including one officer. Four soldiers were also captured and others were injured,” Amaq quoted a source in the terrorist group as saying.

The source also claimed that ISIS fighters destroyed two vehicles and two 57 mm cannons in the ambush. A third vehicle and several weapons were allegedly captured by the terrorists.

Pro-government activists didn’t report any attack in the southern Raqqa countryside. No Syrian soldiers were reported as being killed in the region, either. This suggest that ISIS claims may be nothing but false news.

In the last few months, ISIS cells in central Syria, mainly in the Homs desert, increased their activities. The terrorists launched dozens of attacks on Syrian military positions in Homs, Deir Ezzor, Raqqa and even Aleppo.