The wreckage of a bus, carrying Assad regime troops, attacked by the Islamic State in eastern Syria, December 30, 2020

The Islamic State has reportedly killed 23 Assad regime troops and injured 10 in an attack on a military bus in eastern Syria.

The ambush was near the town of al-Mayadeen in Deir ez-Zor Province.

The regime military did not give details of casualties, announcing only the “martyrdom and injury of a number of soldiers” in the attack by a “terrorist group”.

The Islamic State, which once controlled about 1/3 of Syria, was expelled from its last village in March 2019 by the US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces. However, ISIS cells have continued attacks, including gun and explosives attacks on regime military buses.

In February, a pair of attacks killed 69 people, most of them civilians, near Palmyra in central Syria. Dozens were kidnapped — 25 were later released, but the fate of others is unknown.

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