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Russia raises the level of support for the Syrian army (SAA) in the campaign against Isis in the Badia desert, sending troops to protect local soldiers and convoys from IS ambushes
Russia raises the level of support for the Syrian army (SAA) in the campaign against Isis in the Badia desert. Moscow, according to local sources, has sent troops to provide local soldiers and convoys with protection from jihadist ambushes. Until now, however, it had only guaranteed air support, intelligence information and help in the planning of operations. The dispatch of a contingent on the ground was necessary, as the SAA and the allied militias are unable to react to the terrorist attacks, despite the offensive underway to take full control of the Deir Ezzor-Homs highway, and they keep losing men. The maneuvers, which began about a week ago, are currently concentrated between Kabajeb and Al-Shawla up to Al-Sukhnah. They are part of the maxi campaign, which started on January 16 and aims to eliminate the IS pockets in the quadrant.
To the north, Turkey faces two new problems: the US, which has just sent a maxi military maxi-convoy to Syrian Kurdistan, and the Ansar Abu Bakr al-Siddiq Brigade
Further north, however, there are new problems for Turkey. On the one hand, the arrival of a maxi US military convoy in Kurdistan jeopardizes the efforts made so far by Ankara to plan an offensive in Ain Issa. On the other hand, between Aleppo and Idlib, the militia called the Ansar Abu Bakr al-Siddiq Brigade has targeted the TAF. By the way, it announced on social networks that it had attacked the Turkish base in Batbu with snipers equipped with thermal optics. The group, which emerged in September 2020, proclaims itself independent and not affiliated with any organization. Furthermore, it has already hit Turkish targets several times in the Syrian region in the recent past. According to several analysts, however, it could be linked to Damascus or Iran and well financed. This is confirmed by the use of “high-quality” equipment such as thermal optics. The response of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), Ankara’s main ally, is now awaited.