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Syria, new Russian raids against the Islamic State in Badia. Will they be effective?

New wave of Russian air raids against the Islamic State west of Deir Ezzor, in the Badia desert. Objective: to ease the pressure suffered by the Syrian army (SAA) which, despite Moscow’s aid, can’t clean up the quadrant

New wave of Russian air raids west of Deir Ezzor, in the Badia desert. In the last few hours there have been over 90 strikes against Islamic State posts. Objective: to reduce the pressure of the jihadists on the Syrian army (SAA), which continues to suffer losses due to ambushes and attacks. The latest, which took place two days ago, saw seven members of the allied SAA militias die following the explosion of a mine in Bunja. The soldiers, despite having launched a maxi operation in the quadrant for over two months and have recently received the support of Russian soldiers also on the ground, are unable to eliminate the pockets of IS resistance in the area. The terrorists, in fact, have learned how to avoid bombing. Not surprisingly, they suffer minor losses and immediately return to the counterattack.

The SDF in Deir Ezzor, on the other hand, target the IS killer cells

East of Deir Ezzor, on the other hand, the SDF continue to target the logistical and support networks, as well as the assassin cells of the Islamic State. Kurdish forces, in collaboration with Inherent Resolve, have just captured an IS jihadist in Shahil. The man seems to have specialized precisely in targeted killings, particularly at checkpoints. Not surprisingly, in the search, in addition to weapons, several uniforms were also found. They were most likely used to deceive victims or to place the blame on others. In the past, in fact, the SDF have been accused of being responsible for the death of various local personalities. But then it was discovered from some arrests that the perpetrators were militiamen or spies, whose job was to fuel chaos and distrust of the Kurdish forces.

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