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The new Isis area of influence in Syria is between Homs and Deir Ezzor in the Badia desert. The Islamic State attacks the Syrian Army(SAA), as it can no longer operate east of Euphrates thanks to SDF activities
The new Isis area of influence in Syria is between Homs and Deir Ezzor, in the desert of Badia Al-Sham. The Islamic State militants in recent times have almost exponentially increased attacks against the Syrian Army (SAA) west of the Euphrates, although they have launched yet another offensive to neutralize the jihadists. The area most affected at the moment is Abu Kamal, but it is not the only one. Also in Mayadeen new actions of Daesh are being registered against the soldiers. This is due to the fact that, to the east of the river, the SDF have made it almost impossible to operate at IS, thanks to the manhunts towards the fundamentalists, the numerous patrols and activities on the ground. The confirmation comes from the last summary of the Inherent Resolve air strikes, according to which from 7 to 20 April there were 18 strikes in Iraq and none in Syria.
The SAA is less trained than the Jazeera Storm forces and does not know the territory, therefore it is weaker. The confirmation comes from the fact that some patrols have been saved by Daesh only thanks to the intervention of the Sand Hippos, who constantly monitor the area around the Euphrates
Isis attacks the Syrian army, as its members are often less-trained compared to Jazeera Storm’s troops and also do not know the territory. As a result, they are unable to effectively prevent and repel aggressions. As evidence of this, there is the fact that sometimes the SAA patrols have been saved by “competitors” partners: the Sand Hippos. The mysterious group, which is hunting down high-profile characters and facilitators of the Islamic State, constantly moves in Deir Ezzor and closely monitors the area along the Euphrates. On a couple of occasions, Daesh militiamen were intercepted while ambushing the Damascus soldiers. The “ghosts” intervened, allowing the military to break away, without them being able to understand who had helped them. It is probable, therefore, that in the near future there will be new IS offensives in the Badia Al-Sham desert, with the aim of extending the influence.