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Damascus has launched a massive air offensive against HTS, Isis and rebel groups in Idlib. Prelude an imminent ground invasion? The jihadists, despite the differences and disagreements, gather to organize a common defense strategy against the SAA
The Syrian military has launched a violent air offensive against Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), Isis, the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the rebels in Idlib. This could herald an imminent invasion by the soldiers of Damascus (SAA). In recent hours there have been bombings by fighters and artillery at Kafar Sijnah, Ma’aret Hurmah, Jabal Zawiya, Ma’arrat Misrin, Maarzita, Ehsim, Sufuhon, Batitiyah, Sheikh Mustafa, Al Naqeer, Ablin and Hesh. Following this, the jihadist groups met, despite previous disagreements, to study a common defense strategy. According to local sources, elements of HTS, Ahrar al-Sham, Jaish al-Ahrar, Suqour al-Sham, Jaysh al-Izza and the Islamic State participated. Furthermore, the logistic capacity of the militia was analyzed. Here, were probably involved the Daesh facilitators, who have an extensive smuggling network especially to Turkey.
The SDF at Deir Ezzor intensify the hunt for Islamic State cells. The goal is to stop Daesh attacks on Arab Kurdish forces and crops sabotage
Meanwhile, the SDF in Deir Ezzor are stepping up the manhunts for ISIS cells all along the Euphrates and east, near the border with Iraq. The goal is to stop the attacks of the Islamic State against the troops of Jazeera Storm (the last one took place a few hours ago in Busayrah) and the population. In particular, work is underway to stop the wave of crop sabotage, set on fire by militiamen in revenge against civilians and to try to distract Syrian fighters. Daesh, in fact, is fighting a tough battle against the Iraqi army in Anbar and needs to create escape routes for his elements between the two countries. This is a very large area and the Arab-Kurdish forces have limited assets available to patrol it. Thus, even a minimal shift could bring benefits to jihadists.