The militants of the Islamic State terrorist organization, during a large-scale operation, resumed control of part of the Syrian city of Abu Kamal on the border with Iraq.
According to observers, at least ten suicide bombers were involved in the offensive on Abu Kamal. As a result, at least 25 soldiers of the government army and allied forces died.
“This is the largest attack on Abu Kamal since they lost it in November 2017,” said the head of the Syrian center, Rami Abdel Rahman.
According to him, the militants captured several areas of the city. The fighting continues in the center.
This area was the heart of the so-called caliphate proclaimed by ISIS in 2014 in the vast territories of Iraq and Syria. The liberation of the city by the pro-government forces in 2017 was the “last nail in the coffin cover” of the pseudo-state.
According to Syrian observers, ISIS militants, who ruled a caliphate about the size of Britain, now control less than three percent of Syrian territory.
Syria led the Disarmament Conference on rotation
The United States and non-governmental organizations believe that the Assad regime does not have the moral right to head the Conference on Disarmament. Syria, despite strong protests, on Monday, May 28, headed the rotation of the international Conference on Disarmament, which is held in Geneva under the UN patronage. The representative of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will oversee the work of the world’s only permanent forum on arms reduction for four weeks.
The United States and non-governmental organizations have sharply criticized this, saying that Assad’s army allegedly used chemical weapons in the Syrian civil war. The International Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was adopted by the Conference on Disarmament in 1992. UN Secretary General António Guterres expressed hope that the Syrian Chairmanship would not compromise the conference.
Calls for a boycott
The US Permanent Representative, Robert Wood, called this Monday one of the darkest days in the history of the Conference on Disarmament. Assad’s regime has neither a credit of trust, nor a moral right to lead a forum in which 65 states participate.
The Society for the Protection of Harassed Peoples and the non-governmental organization UN Watch called on Western countries to boycott the work of the conference while Syria is chairing it. The government, responsible for the killing of hundreds of thousands of civilians, cannot head this forum, they stressed.
Meanwhile, a UN spokesman called the Syrian presidency of the Conference on Disarmament a routine rotation based on the English alphabet. Before Syria, Switzerland chaired the conference, and after Syria, the leadership will move to Tunisia.
In Syria, four Russian soldiers died
As a result of an attack by militants on an artillery battery of the Syrian forces, four Russians were killed and three more were wounded in a hospital, the Russian Defense Ministry said. “Two Russian military advisers who controlled the Syrian battery fire died on the spot,” the Russian Ministry of Defense said on Sunday, May 27. Five more soldiers were taken to the Russian military hospital with wounds, two of them later died.
The clash occurred in the dark, when the battery was attacked by “several mobile terrorist groups,” the Russian Defense Ministry explained. According to him, during the battle, which lasted about an hour, more than 40 terrorists were killed and six vehicles with large-caliber weapons were destroyed.
Earlier on May 27, the Internet portal Chita.ru reported that four soldiers from the Trans-Baikal Territory had died in Syria. According to sources, the dead were part of the artillery brigade, which was fired four days ago.