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Syria, new SAA operation against Isis in the Badia al-Sham desert

New maxi operation by the Syrian army (SAA), in cooperation with Russian fighters and pro-Iran militias, to track down Isis cells in the Badia al-Sham desert

The umpteenth maxi operation of the army of Damascus (SAA) against Isis has begun in eastern Syria, between Deir Ezzor and Homs. Also participating in the maneuvers are pro-Allied Iranian militias and Russia, which provides close air support (CAS) to troops on the ground. Objective: to neutralize the IS cells in the desert of Badia al-Sham, which for some time have raised their heads and started a real offensive against the soldiers. First by planting IEDs on the main communication routes from the Euphrates to the interior. Then, organizing raids against military posts and convoys. In fact, between attacks and clashes, dozens of SAA men and at least four commanders have already died. Furthermore, the attacks – instead of decreasing following the continuous raids in Damascus – are increasing.

Meanwhile, the SDF fortify the eastern quadrant of Deir Ezzor and the surveillance along the Euphrates in case IS militiamen try to infiltrate the river

In parallel, to the east of the Euphrates the SDF have strengthened their vigilance along the Shaddadi Road. Objective: to prevent possible infiltration of Isis militiamen in the quadrant. In particular between Shahil, Dhiban and Busayrah, where operations are underway to dismantle the IS logistic and support networks. Meanwhile, the new US M2A2 Bradley tanks have lined up at the oil installations to protect them from jihadist raids. These, however, are ready to move immediately in case of need. It is feared, in fact, that their offensive from the west could also extend to the other side of the river, thanks to the permeability of the territory. This is due to the fact that the soldiers of the SAA have closed themselves in the bases for fear of the increasingly frequent ambushes.

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