The SDF offensive against Daesh at Deir Ezzor takes off at full speed. The maneuvers in the Syrian province move on two axes: one in the south towards Iraq and the other in the east in the MERV
In Syria the last phase of the SDF offensive against Daesh, at Deir Ezzor, Jazeera Storm, has started at full speed. The Arab-Kurdish forces are attacking the militiamen of the Islamic State from two frontlines. One in the southern area of the province, along the Iraq border. And the other in the far east area, in the middle of the Middle Euphrates Valley (MERV). In the first, the Syrian fighters chased Isis out of Jaya, El Geneina and the surrounding areas. The aim of the maneuvers is to get to besiege Sha’fah and Hajin in the shortest time possible. In the second, they penetrated for 8 kilometers into the territory of the governorate of Hasakah, controlled by the jihadists. Here, the troops aim at
expanding the security corridor and crushing the IS at the border with Iraq. In the neighboring country, actually, the Baghdad militaries are ready to attack the fundamentalists on their side, locking them in a cul de sac.
The Islamic State instead continues to attack the Syrian army at Abu Kamal. Is it trying to open an escape corridor in the west in the Hamad desert? Meanwhile Damascus is concentrated elsewhere
In the meantime, at least for now, the resistance offered by the Daesh against the SDF at Deir Ezzor is limited. The militiamen of the Islamic State, instead, are continuing to attack the Syrian army (SAA) in the area of Abu Kamal (Al Bukamal). It seems like they want to try the “western” card to escape defeat. That is, going through the Hamad desert, rather than venturing towards east of the Euphrates, where the Arab-Kurdish forces have again started to press. Isis, in fact, knows very well that the SAA has limited resources and no backup. This is confirmed by the fact that since Cizire Storm was frozen by the Kurds, the militaries have not managed to gain ground in the province. They, however, managed to maintain the defensive lines, but at a very high cost in terms of losses of human lives. Damascus today is more concentrated in fighting in other areas of the country. At Yarmouk against the IS and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), and at Hams and Hama against the local rebel groups.