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Isis launched an online war against local institutions and the SDF in Deir Ezzor. The IS weapons are (foreign) websites and social networks. Objective: to feed the chaos with fake news and rumors
Isis, increasingly in difficulty in Deir Ezzor against the SDF, launches an online war by exploiting the global network of sympathizers. In recent days, there has been an exponential increase in posts on social networks with fake news, rumors and attacks directed at institutions to the Kurdish forces in the Syrian province. Objectives: to discredit them in the eyes of the population, fomenting protests and discontent among the clans. According to experts, most of the pages and profiles that carry the “infowar” are foreign, but they exploit content acquired from local IS cells. The posts, unlike what has happened so far, are however constructed in an articulated manner and exploit real perceived vulnerabilities in the region and among the tribes. Furthermore, the jihadists use agitators to reinforce their “social” offensives on the ground. A sign that there is a change of pace. The propaganda, in fact, has turned into a real cyber and hybrid warfare.
The jihadists, increasingly pressed on the ground by Kurdish forces and Inherent Resolve, try to catch their breath by distracting the “enemy”
The SDF, in fact, continue to maintain pressure on Isis in Eastern Syria at the highest levels. They do this by striking on three levels: the operational cells, the logistic and support networks and the leadership. This with targeted operations, in cooperation with Inherent Resolve. The last one took place a couple of days ago and saw the arrest of two IS militiamen, considered to be of primary importance, in the Safaa (Shaddadi) area. Three others, however, had been captured in Al-Harigy (Deir Ezzor). Furthermore, earlier this year, there was a maxi raid, which led to the arrest of 14 terrorists in Al-Sour and Al-Kasrah. In fact, the operational capacity of the jihadists has been drastically reduced. So, they have to find other “terrains” (such as those of the discontent and the protests) to distract the enemy and take a breath to reorganize.