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Syria, Isis reacts to the SAA-Russia offensive west of Deir Ezzor

Isis reacts to the offensive by the Syrian army (SAA) and Russia west of Deir Ezzor. Islamic State groups, from Iraq, surprise their enemies, causing deaths and missing

Isis’s response to the offensive launched by the Syrian army (SAA) and Russia’s west of Deir Ezzor was not long in coming. Groups of Islamic State militiamen, arriving from Iraq, unexpectedly attacked the enemies west of Abu Kamal, killing numerous soldiers. Furthermore, in the Akashat area, on the border between the two countries, the Daesh jihadists destroyed a post of the local shiite militias (PMF). The raids confirm that there is an important, well equipped and coordinated IS pocket between Iraq and Syria. Probably, they coordinate through the mobile command centers, which operate in the Badia al-Sham desert and which allow remote operations to be carried out from the strongholds, always remaining on the move to reduce the risk of being identified.

Analysts believe that the ambushes are only just beginning. For Daesh, maintaining control of the Badia al-Sham desert up to Homs is vital for survival

Analysts, however, believe that Isis raids against Damascus soldiers in Syria are just beginning. The operation of the SAA and Russia, in fact, despite having been a success, involved only a small area west of Deir Ezzor. As a result, the Islamic State cells simply moved into the desert to other strongholds towards Homs. From here, attacks against the enemy were coordinated, all of which took place on the main highway that connects the administrative capitals of the two provinces. In support of them, as recent events have confirmed, there are also the Daesh groups operating in Iraq on the border between the two countries. These intervene where necessary and then return to their bases in the neighboring country. For IS, in fact, maintaining control of the Badia al-Sham desert is vital for survival. As a result, the terrorists will do everything they can not to lose it.

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