More than 70 Syrian soldiers have been killed in an attack by the ISIL Takfiri terrorists in western Syria, according to a UK-based pro-opposition monitoring group.
The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in a report on Friday that the ISIL’s “ongoing” attack claimed 70 lives on the Syrian army’s side in the city of Homs.
The attack is being carried out against the government’s “checkpoints and positions” in the al-Sekhni area in the east of the city, according to the report, which said there were casualties among the ISIL members as well.
It added that the Takfiri group had launched intensive attacks in the east of Homs and Hama “in order to boost its supporters’ morale after series of losses”.
The ISIL has “faced setbacks recently in the provinces of Aleppo and Raqa and in Hasakeh in confrontations with Kurds on the one hand and regime forces on the other, and are now trying to score military points, even limited ones, to offset their losses,” said Rami Abdel Rahman, the director of the anti-Syrian government group.
The Takfiri militants that control parts of Syria and neighboring Iraq, have been carrying out horrific acts of violence, including public decapitations and crucifixions, against Iraqi communities such as Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, and Christians in areas under their control.
Soldiers of the Syrian army are fighting against the militants and have so far managed to push them back in several fronts in an effort to end the crisis that began in 2011.