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Regime Forces Delve in ISIS Enclaves in Badia | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Syrian regime forces advance on the eastern outskirts of Aleppo on March 8, 2017 near the town of al-Khafsah. (Photo by AFP)

London, Beirut- Syrian regime and allied forces advanced in Badia, east Hama city. They seized one of the last enclaves of ISIS in a desert area, mid of Syria, stated the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Pro-regime sources said that the overall space of the seized enclave is around 2,000 square kilometers.

Last week, regime forces and allies besieged ISIS extremists after they advanced in the south to join the group near Al-Sukhnah in Homs – the enclave extends from west Sukhnah to the nearby Hama.

Syrian regime forces – supported by Russian air force and Iran affiliated armed men – seized Sukhnah this month, which was the last village in Homs under ISIS control.

Throughout the past year, ISIS lost ground to separate campaigns whether the Syrian regime forces and its allies or opposition armed groups supported by the US.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored the military operations of the regime forces against ISIS in the Syrian areas, as the regime forces managed to restore control of tens of thousands of square kilometers, and they approached to end the presence of ISIS in two new provinces.

“The regime forces and their allied militia armed men of Syrian, Iraqi, Iranian, Lebanese, Afghan and Palestinian nationalities, and with the air cover of Russian and the regime’s warplanes, managed to restore control over an area of about 34 thousand square kilometers of the areas controlled by the group in Syria,” documented the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The regime forces-held areas have become more than 77 thousand square kilometers of the whole area of the Syrian territories, with a control percentage of about 42% of the geographical area of Syria.

This large advancement of the regime forces within 15 weeks exceeds the area controlled by the regime forces in entire Syria during the months preceding it.