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Syria, HTS arrests the Isis administrator of Idlib’s Wilayat

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) arrests Ahmad Khalid Al-Uthman, general manager of Isis Wilayat of Idlib. Hard blow for the Islamic State, especially for the approaching SAA invasion of the province

Isis loses one of its most important leaders in northern Syria: Ahmad Khalid Al-Uthman, general manager of Idlib’s Wilayat. But not for pear of the army of Damascus (SAA), but of Hayat tahrir al-Sham (HTS). Indeed, members of the Al Qaeda group arrested the senior Daesh official. It is not known, however, with what motivation. HTS and the Islamic State have long cooperated in the area against the government. The former are fighting Damascus soldiers to block the offensive in the province and neighboring Hama. Daesh, on the other hand, handles the logistics. In particular, supplies to jihadists, through its smuggling routes. For IS it is a very hard blow. In fact, the already low weight that the militia have in the area is reduced. Moreover in a very delicate moment, which sees an imminent invasion of Assad’s forces.

The fires continue in the agricultural fields. In Idlib the fault is the Damascus raids and alleged incendiary balloons. In the East, instead, the responsible is Daesh

At the same time, fires of agricultural fields continue in various areas of Syria, which risk aggravating the already fragile situation of the local inhabitants. Those in the north, between Hama and Idlib are charged with the air raids in Damascus and the Allies. This, even if in the last hours photos of alleged incendiary balloons circulate on social media, similar to those used by Hamas against Israel in the Gaza Strip, which would have been used by SAA partners. In the east, however, in the province of Deir Ezzor Isis is held responsible for the arsons. According to several local sources, the Islamic State militants are systematically burning crops to feed terror in the population and take revenge for the defeats suffered against Jazeera Storm’s SDF. Strategy, exported by Daesh also to Iraq, where similar phenomena are occurring in various areas of the Middle Eastern country.

The new ISIS strategy of “scorched earth” was borrowed from the one invented by jihadist victims

Isis, however, has “borrowed” the strategy of “scorched earth” from its victims. The fires in Iraq and Syria, with the exception of those in Idlib and Hama, are targeting the “infidel” fields. From the Kurds to the Yazidis, passing through the Shiites. It was, in fact, precisely the population of the Scythians (from which the branch of Islam probably descends) that adopted it first during the war against Darius the great of Persia. Faced with the progress of the enemy invasion, they destroyed food sources (such as agricultural fields) and poisoned water wells. The strategy, which proved to be successful, was later exploited several times in the course of history, even modern. As in the case of the Russian campaign of Napoleon Bonaparte against Tsar Alexander I.

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