According to the sources, Islamic State groups have reportedly captured the Maheen, a town in Syria. The town was captured by the IS from the Government forces of Central Homs province.
It was reported that the Islamic state groups have started the attack with two suicide car blasts. The war situation has extended to the nearby Sadad, a Christian dominated town. “Another town may fall into the hands of the IS, if the Government forces fail to retaliate”, a UK based Syrian observatory for Human rights said.
The latest development comes as a setback to the Russia and the US-based coalition, who were leading the air strikes in Syria battling over the Islamic State groups.
The capturing of Maheen and the IS advancement towards the Sadad poses a major threat to Syria as it nears the main road leading to the Syrian capital ‘Damascus’. War analysts opined that the IS may target the road leading to the capital to block economical relations, to pressurize the Syrian economy.
At least 50 Government soldiers have been reported to be killed in the fight against the IS in the town of Maheen. The IS groups have used their most favorable suicidal bomb blasts to launch the attack. A observatory in Syria said that the whole town has fallen into the hands of the IS by Sunday morning, which was later confirmed by the Islamic State through a statement.
The arms power of the IS had increased further with the capturing of the Maheen, as it is a base for large military power and arms deposit.
On the other hand, the Government forces have been fighting at the outskirts of Sadad. The town is reportedly a home for more than 15,000 people who were chiefly Christians. In addition there were 14 churches and a monastery, the BBC reported.
The fighting continues amid Russia’s airstrikes over the Syrian terror groups. People living in the nearby areas claim that the strikes have been hitting normal people more than the IS groups. It was estimated that more than 50 civilians have died due to the Syria’s military operations in the North.