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Russian Defense Ministry reports activation of IS sleeper cell near Deir ez-Zor

February 08, 15:50 UTC+3

Shelling of the positions of Syrian pro-government forces has increased near the communities of Mazloum, At-Tabiyyah and Khsham, according to the Defense Ministry

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MOSCOW, February 8. /TASS/. The Russian Defense Ministry has reported activation of an Islamic State (IS, a terror organization, outlawed in Russia) sleeper cell near Deir ez-Zor on Thursday.

"Shelling of the positions of Syrian pro-government forces has increased during the past days near the communities of Mazloum, At-Tabiyyah and Khsham in the Deir ez-Zor Governorate, to where the civilian population is returning. Radio interception revealed that the Syrian troops were shelled by militants from an ISIS (the old name of IS - TASS) sleeper cell that had activated in the area."

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