Isis opens Wilayat al-Sham, in the desert of Badia al-Sham west of the Euphrates. The “province” is made up of all the militiamen of the Islamic State who fled Raqqa, Deir Ezzor and Hasaka thanks to the pressing of Jazeera Storm’s SDF
Isis opens a new province (Wilayat) in Syria in the desert of Badia al-Sham. The Islamic State militiamen reported it in a video presentation of Wilayat al-Sham. The area in theory is controlled by the Syrian Army (SAA), which however has never intervened in an organic manner to annihilate the jihadist resistance pockets. These, in fact, escaped from the east following the pressing suffered by the SDF, headed west where they established large fixed pockets. From here, in fact, depart the Daesh cells that cross the Euphrates to attack the Jazeera Storm forces and the population in Deir Ezzor, Raqqa and Hasaka. Arab-Kurdish troops intercept them in the villages along the Shaddadi Road, but as long as the flow is not stopped at the origin there will always be new attacks.
Damascus risks paying for having always underestimated the Daesh resistance pockets in the desert and its capacity for reorganization. Moreover, at a delicate moment that sees the SAA concentrated in Hama and Idlib against the other anti-government militias
The birth of Wilayat al-Sham Isis confirms that the SAA does not have a capillary control of the south and poses problems not only to the SDF, but also to Damascus itself, which is carrying out a violent campaign against the anti-government militias in Hama and Idlib. In a war, moreover, almost of position. As a result, attention is concentrated in the north and there are few reinforcements to be sent to cities along the Euphrates or Palmyra in the event of attacks by the Islamic State. The militants could then soon try to extend their influence, especially to the south and west of Syria, where in the past there were Daesh areas who had never been completely defeated, only to head towards Damascus. In this case, the regime of Bashar Assad would find itself having to manage a new enemy, which was thought to have been won but instead hit behind.