ISIS claimed responsibility for six suicide attacks the unfolded across several government-held areas in Syria on Monday. The violence killed at least 40 people, according to Syrian state media, and took place in areas controlled by the Syrian regime in Homs, Hassakeh, Tartus, and the countryside of Damascus.
The deadliest assault was in Tartus, a port city in the heartland of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s Alawite sect that houses a Russian naval base. ISIS said in a statement on the ISIS-linked Amaq media agency website that a suicide bomber detonated a car bomb on the Arzoneh motorway bridge. It was followed by two other suicide attacks targeting citizens and security forces who were evacuating those wounded in the first attack to the hospital. According to theSyrian state news agency SANA, 30 civilians died in Tartus, and 43 others were wounded. – READ MORE