The NSDC: The objective is to counter at the best the potential intensification of Russia’s hybrid aggression with the beginning of a new heating season.
Not even Russia is able to help the Syrian army (SAA) stop the Isis ambushes west of Deir Ezzor. The last took place between Homs and Raqqa after the Moscow fighter raids
Not even the Russian air raids in the Badia desert were able to stop the ambushes of the Isis militiamen against the Syrian army (SAA) west of Deir Ezzor. Just a few hours ago there was a new surprise attack by the jihadists, which according to local sources caused four deaths and five wounded among the soldiers. The area involved is Bir Rahmon, on the border between the governorates of Homs and Raqqa, right where the Moscow fighters had carried out violent bombings just last week. Moreover, like on previous occasions, the military had to flee quickly and the terrorists thus stole several small arms, ammunition and a pickup truck equipped with a machine gun. The raid has not been officially claimed by IS but the modus operandi and timing leave little doubt as to who is responsible.
The area involved confirms that IS is moving towards the center of the country, thanks to mobile groups and command centers. The only way to stop them is to use illuminators on the ground
The Isis raid against the SAA in Bir Rahmon, however, also confirms a worrying signal: the jihadists from the west of Deir Ezzor are beginning to move, extending the area of influence towards Homs and Raqqa. Their strategy is to anticipate the movements of the soldiers, hitting the moving convoys especially on obligatory paths and tracks. IS attacks occur in three ways: with bombs (IED) remotely controlled by trigger man or activated automatically by the passage of vehicles, with hit and run ambushes or with real massive surprise attacks. Damascus has asked Russia for help to eliminate the threat and Moscow’s fighters carry out periodic bombings. But without “illuminators” (Terminal Air Controllers, TACs) on the ground it is impossible to annihilate the terrorists. These, in fact, move continuously and are coordinated by mobile command centers, hidden aboard trucks, which are also always on the move.