Malaysia

Dozens killed in IS, Russia-backed regime clashes in Syria

Syrian fighters fire a howitzer near the village of Neirab in Idlib province in February. (AP pic)

BEIRUT: Clashes between Russia-backed Syrian regime forces and the Islamic State group have killed more than 50 fighters on both sides in two days, a Britain-based war monitor said on Saturday.

Fighting and Russian airstrikes in the central desert province of Homs since late Thursday have claimed the lives of 20 pro-government fighters and 31 militants, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

“The fighting started in the night of Thursday to Friday with a militant assault on regime positions” near the town of Al-Sukhna, Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said.

IS militants have retained a roving presence in Syria’s vast Badia desert, despite losing their last shred of territory last year. They regularly carry out attacks there.

IS declared a cross-border “caliphate” in large parts of Syria and neighbouring Iraq in 2014, but several military campaigns against it chipped away at that proto-state and eventually led to its territorial demise.

Syria’s war has killed more than 380,000 people since it started in 2011 with the repression of anti-government protests, before evolving into a complex conflict involving world powers and militants.

Football news:

David Silva's Father: The son loves Serie A and says he can play there until he is 40
Alexis Sanchez: I really wanted to stay at Inter. I found a family here
Emil Heskey: Salah should have moved to another club if Liverpool had not taken the Premier League
Roma are discussing with Manchester United the purchase of Smalling
Belenov – the best player of Ufa in the 2019/20 season
Seedorf on real's chances of passing city: Hard, but nothing is impossible
Hennessy on the cancellation of the ban of Manchester City: this is a slap in the face of UEFA