Isis attacks against the Syrian army (SAA) on Deir Ezzor are increasing. Damascus is forced to send reinforcements
ISIS, as expected, intensifies attacks against the Syrian army (SAA) and allied militias in Deir Ezzor. The jihadists of the Islamic State, concentrated mainly in the Badia al-Sham desert between Palmyra and Abu Kamal, since the presence of the Iranian para-military groups has diminished, have launched waves of raids against the SAA posts in the area west of the Euphrates. This forced Damascus to send numerous reinforcements to the area (the announcement in this regard has just been given). Objective: to increase protection for troops and bases in the eastern part of the country. In parallel, the new soldiers should also hunt Daesh in the desert. This last task, however, will hardly be accomplished at least for the moment. First, in fact, they must stop the trend of aggression and force the terrorists to fall back to the west.
Meanwhile, east of the Euphrates, SDF and Inherent Resolve continue the raids against Daesh’s logistics network and leadership
Meanwhile, east of the Euphrates, the SDF and Inherent Resolve continue to carry out targeted raids to dismantle the Isis cells. The latter involved the village of Al-Zar and saw the Kurdish forces and helicopters of the Coalition engaged. The goal is to neutralize both the leadership of the Islamic State in the eastern area of Deir Ezzor and the logistics and support network for the militiamen. they aim to reduce Daesh’s operational capacity in the Syrian province and consequently attacks against fighters and the population. Especially in a delicate period like this, where the coronavirus emergency risks fueling panic and chaos.
In Idlib, on the other hand, HTS strengthens the military wing by appointing a more “pragmatic” leader
In the north, however, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) strengthens his military wing, appointing a new commander: Abu al-Hasan. The man takes over from Mukhtar al-Turki, judged to be unpragmatic. His official presentation took place in Idlib during an end of course ceremony for the elite forces of HTS: the Red Bands. The switch suggests that the conflict between the Qaedist militia and Turkey in the province will intensify, with the risk of escalating. Especially after the TAF-Russia joint patrols on the M4 have recently crossed the “border” of Nayrab, going further south and reaching Ariha. The group must keep the highway “free” if it wants to hope to resume trade with “external territories”. Until now it has been enough to side with the local population and threaten attacks (with a couple of demonstration acts). The novelty, however, requires a revision of the strategy.