Continuing operations for the resumption of control over national territories, the Syrian Armed Forces launched an offensive against the remnants of the ISIS terrorist group in the volcanic field of Safa, in the south of the country. Authorities estimate that about 1,500 fighters of the extremist organization are still active in the area. According to information from Al-Masdar News, the mission was only possible after the the Syrian forces secured the freedom of 19 civilian hostages the jihadists used as their last currency of exchange. For months, ISIS used these hostages to force the Syrian military to discontinue its operations in the region of Safa, Al-Masdar News reported. The hostages have been held under jail since July 25, when militants attacked the city of Suwayda and surrounding villages, killing more than 250 people.
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