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Syria, Inherent Resolve closes ranks: is a maxi anti-Isis offensive in sight?

Inherent Resolve closes ranks with the SDF to definitively defeat Isis in Eastern Syria. Many Bradley M2A2 tanks and mechanized infantry assets arrived between Hasaka and Deir Ezzor. Is a maxi offensive in sight?

Inherent Resolve closes ranks with the SDF to definitively defeat Isis in Eastern Syria. In the past few hours, a series of Bradley M2A2 tanks and mechanized infantry assets have arrived between Hasaka and Deir Ezzor, the Coalition said. It is not clear if the reinforcements will serve to increase the protection of the bases from possible IS attacks or if they will be deployed alongside the Arab-Kurdish forces in their operations. In this last case, it is conceivable that in the near future there may be a maxi offensive against the jihadists. The most likely areas are Busayrah, Shahil and Dhiban, but maneuvers further south towards Abu Kamal, on the eastern side of the Euphrates along the Shaddadi Road or inland, are also not ruled out. The M2A2s, in fact, demonstrated excellent capabilities also off-road, as confirmed during the first Gulf War, and were equipped with better anti-IED protections.

However, something is moving east of the Euphrates. Especially after the start of the IS offensive against the Syrian army (SAA) in the West

However, something already seems to be moving in eastern Syria. In recent days, the SDF have strengthened the posts along the Euphrates at Deir Ezzor and increased vigilance on the Shaddadi Road. On the one hand, attempts by Isis cells to infiltrate the region are feared. Especially after the jihadists launched an offensive in the west against the Damascus army (SAA) and its allies are, that tye are unable to counter. Not surprisingly, the continuous searches in the Badia al-Sham desert result only in the death of soldiers and militiamen due to ambushes by IS terrorists. On the other hand, the targeted raids by the Arab-Kurdish forces and Inherent Resolve to capture the leaders of the group have produced important results. Also in term of information gained. Consequently, it is not excluded that the time is ripe for a maxi-operation, born precisely on the basis of these intel.

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