Isis changes strategy against the Syrian army (SAA) in Deir Ezzor. From raids against enemy posts and convoys, there is a massive use of IEDs from Abu Kamal to Mayadeen
Isis does not give peace to the Syrian army (SAA) in Deir Ezzor. This is true even though the soldiers, in cooperation with the allied militias and with Russia, have carried out several operations to neutralize the IS cells west of the Euphrates in the Badia al-Sham desert. In the past few hours there have been several attacks against the SAA in the Abu Kamal area and further north towards Mayadeen, almost all with IEDs. In fact, the militiamen have been changing their strategy against the local military forces since some days. From raids on posts and convoys, they are moving on to ranged attacks. The jihadists have identified a series of obligatory routes for the enemy and have scattered them with bombs. In some cases these are activated automatically when vehicles pass, in others thanks to the “trigger men”.
The goal of the IS jihadists is twofold: on the one hand to save men and on the other to prevent the enemy from going too deep into the desert of of Badia al-Sham
The new Isis strategy against the SAA in Deir Ezzor is simple: damage the enemy by taking as few risks as possible. Hence the strategy of massively using IEDs in the Syrian province. On the one hand, the movements of the soldiers of Damascus are slowed down, gaining time to move men and materials when they get too close to a sensitive area. On the other hand, their morale is weakened as they are subjected to “invisible” and unobjectionable attacks. According to analysts, IS in the province has a limited number of jihadists available, further reduced due to military operations. Consequently, it must save resources but at the same time also avoid being attacked “at home”. The enemy, therefore, must be kept at a distance and kept busy, so that he does not enter too deep into the territory of the Badia al-Sham desert.