Hampered by army pressure and scarce resources, ISIS cells in central Syria turn sheep thieves

Pressure from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and a shortage in resources have apparently forced ISIS cells in Syria’s central region to turn into sheep thieves.

Photo: Southfront

On March 2, the terrorists attacked a group of shepherds near the town of Rahjan in the eastern countryside of Hama. According to a number of Syrian sources, the terrorists were eyeing a herd of over 400 sheep.

ISIS terrorists opened fire at the shepherds, killing two and wounding three others. The terrorists also killed 60 sheeps, before fleeing the scene with the rest of the herd.Local fighters from the pro-government National Defense Forces (NDF) reached the crime scene only when the attack was over. The wounded shepherds were taken to a nearby hospital.

This was not the first attack by ISIS. In the last few years, similar attacks on shepherds were reported in southern Raqqa countryside as well as in the western and western Deir Ezzor countryside. The terrorist group’s cells in western Iraq are also known for assaulting shepherds.

The SAA, the NDF and other pro-government factions, backed by the Russian Aerospace Forces, inflicted heavy losses on ISIS cells in the central region over the last two months.

ISIS cells in the central region are getting more and more desperate as a result of their heave losses and a shortage of resources caused by military pressure and the harsh weather.


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