Assad regime’s media claimed that Assad militiamen have liberated 19 hostages held by the ISIS since July in a military operation in central Syria. The regime’s news agency SANA said in its report Thursday (Nov. 8) that the operation occurred in the Hamima area east of the historic town of Palmyra. It claimed all ISIS militiamen in the area where the hostages were held have been killed. The 19 women and children were among 30 people kidnapped by ISIS in the southern province of Sweida on July 25 when they carried out a raid that left at least 216 people dead. One woman died in ISIS custody while another was shot dead. In August, a 19-year-old man was also killed in detention. Six others were freed in an exchange last month. Based on AP