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.
Russia intervenes in support of the Syrian army (SAA) against Isis west of Deir Ezzor. Damascus had asked Moscow for help to counter the growing ambushes of terrorists
Russia intervenes in support of the Syrian army (SAA) against Isis west of Deir Ezzor. In the score hours, the Federation fighters carried out a dozen raids in the Faydat Ibn Muwaina area in the Badia desert. Objective: to eliminate a series of IS cells, which have targeted soldiers. These, in fact, have been attacked repeatedly in recent times, losing over 40 men. In addition, all the operations carried out to stop the wave of ambushes proved useless. As a result, Damascus asked Moscow for help, which moved with the air, intelligence and land components. Not surprisingly, in addition to the raids against terrorists, several Russian assets have arrived in the province in recent days. These have deployed in bases near the Euphrates and in the innermost ones to improve their defenses and help repel any offensives by terrorists.
IS attacks against the SAA are also spreading to Homs and intensified after Damascus increased pressure on militiamen in the Hama-Aleppo-Raqqa triangle
Moreover, the attacks by Isis against the SAA extended from Deir Ezzor to the east of Homs. Local sources confirm that Syrian soldiers have just been ambushed by IS jihadists in the Sokhna desert. At the moment, however, it is not clear which is the result. What is certain, however, is that the terrorist raids have intensified with the increasing pressure of Damascus against the militiamen in the Hama-Aleppo-Raqqa triangle. Also in this case there is the participation of Russian fighters, which provide close air support (CAS) to the troops on the ground and carry out bombings on enemy positions. On the other hand, Isis has not yet been defeated. This was confirmed by General Kenneth McKenzie, head of CENTCOM (the US Central Military Command), who reminded the Emirates Center for Studies and Research that IS in Iraq and Syria still has 10,000 fighters.