We stop for a week for technical updates. Activities will resume regularly from February 7th.
Isis continues to attack the SAA at Abu Kamal (Al Bukamal) and moves further towards east of the Hamad desert
Daesh moves towards the Syrian army (SAA) south of Deir Ezzor. The militiamen of the Islamic State are giving the soldiers of Damascus a hard time at Abu Kamal (Al Bukamal). They are doing this through hit and run waves of attacks, aimed at weakening the morale of the enemy and reducing the risks of loosing more jihadists during the clashes. It seems also, according to local sources and social media, that Isis is moving towards east of the Hamad desert, getting dangerously closer to Palmyra again. As a matter of facts, some units of terrorists might have reached the area south of Al-Qaryatayn. Both the news, however, at present, still have not been officially confirmed. In practice, however, the SAA has been suffering repeated attacks from the IS for some time and is not receiving support from the capital, concentrated on eastern Ghouta. As a consequence, the troops are free to advance. They have to wait for the campaign in the enclave to end to hope to receive reinforcements from Damascus. However this detail is uncertain.
An agreement between Damascus and Jaysh al-Islam is reached at Ghouta. Dozens of busses arrive at Douma
Meanwhile, in eastern Ghouta an agreement has been reached for the cessation of hostilities between the Syrian army and the rebels of Jaysh al-Islam. So that dozens of busses have arrived at Douma. This, according to some rumors, means that all the guerrillas and their families will be evacuated at Jarablus. In exchange of the commitment to release all the prisoners, whether of the SAA or civilians, in the enclave.
Assad is under the crossfire of accusations. Even the Pope declares that “nothing can justify the use of such instruments of extermination of defenseless people“, The UN should assemble the CDS
Notwithstanding the agreement, there is great pressure on Syria for the accusation of Damascus of having used chemical weapons in eastern Ghouta. Russia is on the side of the government of Bashar Assad. But other countries – with USA leading – point their finger against the president, guilty of an aggression in the enclave, on Saturday, which caused the death of several civilians. President Donald Trump called Assad an “animal” and underlined that “he will have to pay a very high price” for his actions. Also, Pope Francis, in Saint Peters, during the celebration of the Feast of the Holy Mercy, underlined that “nothing can justify the use of such instruments of extermination against persons and defenseless people. We pray that the politicians and militaries involved chose another solution: the one of negotiations, the only one which can bring peace and not death and destruction.” An urgent meeting could be convened today by the Security Council of the UN to discuss the crisis.