A flurry of ISIS attacks over the past 48 hours, which the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is describing as the deadliest such attacks since the fall of the caliphate, has killed over 60 Syrian troops and other pro-government fighters.
The attacks hit several provinces across Syria’s north and east, with a
Thursday strike in Deir Ezzor starting a series of moves which also saw
them hit Syrian troops near the city of Homs, as well as forces near the
oft-contested ancient city of Palmyra.
ISIS doesn’t control any specific territory in any of these areas, but
in the past has had presences in all of them. After the loss of towns
and villages, many of their fighters have escaped and blended into the
countryside and desert.
These new attacks are being presented as a “comeback” by some, though
the more likely explanation is that ISIS is trying to prove that they
remain relevant across Syria, and is using coordinated attacks to get a
more impressive death toll.