Despite the elimination of the main militant groups in Syria, sleeper cells, whose main objective is to carry out subversive activities, are occasionally active in the Belaya and Kamennaya Deserts. The main activities of terrorist sleeper cells include stealthily attacking military positions, planting improvised explosive devices along the routes of military convoys, and attacking civilians.
To reduce the capabilities of the jihadists in the White and Stone Deserts, the Syrian Arab Army conducted a special operation to search for and eliminate groups of illegal armed groups. Regular combat readiness training and the great combat experience of the units of the governmental forces led to successful search operations. During the operation 338 militants were killed and 44 arrested, 20 vehicles were seized and 6 were put out of action, 38 facilities and 45 hiding places were destroyed, 26 caches with ammunition were found and 3 areas were mined.
It was decided by the Russian side to award particularly distinguished SAA servicemen for their high performance in the fight against radical gangs and in order to strengthen military co-operation. In a solemn ceremony, 20 Syrian soldiers were presented with certificates and commemorative medals by the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation.( Collapse )