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Islamic State maintains foothold in Syrian desert

The Islamic State continues to cause trouble for the regime forces in large desert areas of central and eastern Syria.
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The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on March 31 that six Russian fighter jets launched 15 airstrikes against Islamic State positions in the Syrian desert near the Aleppo-Hama-Raqqa triangle.

The UK-based war monitor said that the Syrian government sent military reinforcements to the eastern desert in al-Mayadeen city to comb the region for IS cells.

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