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New Isis offensive against the SAA at Deir Ezzor as part of the “The Saga of Exahustion 2” operation. The Daesh militiamen were repelled after hours of fighting and only thanks to the intervention of the pro-Iranian militias
Isis launched a new violent attack on the Syrian army (SAA) and allied militias in Badia al-Ashara. The Islamic State jihadists, who arrived from the desert between Homs and Deir Ezzor, targeted several military posts for several hours, before being rejected and driven out by the SAA. This is also thanks to the intervention of the Iranian fighters, who in recent days have received significant reinforcements in the area. The raids are part of “The Saga of Exahustion 2”, an offensive recently announced by Daesh on its propaganda channels, which aims to “punish” Damascus troops in the Syrian province. Not surprisingly, in recent times there has been an escalation of violence across the quadrant. Moreover, IS jihadists are equipped with mobile command centers, which allow them to coordinate maneuvers in “real time”, while constantly moving in the desert so as not to be identified.
In Idlib new joint patrol Russia-Turkey on the M4, but the contrasts with HTS are not solved. The space for Ankara’s parallel diplomacy in the Syrian region is gradually being reduced
Meanwhile, Idlib Russia and Turkey carried out the eighth joint patrol on the M4. The convoy, escorted by drones and fighters, however, stopped like the previous ones in Nayrab. Ankara, in fact, is increasingly in difficulty in the Syrian region following the conflicts with the local population and the Qaedist militias – primarily Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) – on the presence of foreign soldiers on the highway. Moreover, HTS continues to gain weight in the area, undermining rival groups. As a result, the space for parallel diplomacy, initiated by the emissaries of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, continues to shrink in order to resolve the crisis. Moscow’s nervousness is also growing, which has threatened to intervene on its own if the situation is not normalized soon. A dangerous hypothesis for Turkey, which risks losing precious allies near the border and control of a strategic area for its agenda.