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Syria, the Russian invasion of Ukraine penalizes the fight against the ex-ISIS

The Russian invasion of Ukraine penalizes the fight against the ex-ISIS in Syria. The numbers of Moscow air raids on the Islamic State jihadists and the militiamen in Idlib collapse. Iran tries to make up for it, but without success

In Syria, the first effects of the Russian invasion of Ukraine are beginning to be felt, especially in the fight against the Islamic State. The raids of Moscow fighters on the ex-ISIS jihadists assets between Raqqa, Homs and Deir Ezzor have collapsed in the last month: less than a quarter compared to the previous period, when the offensive against Kyiv had not yet begun. Strikes in the north between Idlib and Aleppo have also been reduced. As expected, most of the attention is focused on protecting the strategic assets in the Middle Eastern country (the land and naval bases) from possible attacks from behind to reduce their operations in support of maneuvers in Europe. Iran is trying to bridge the gap by training armies of select militia elements, but the strategy does not appear to be successful. IS attacks in eastern Syria, in fact, have recently increased, both against the Damascus army (SAA) and against the pro-Tehran guerrillas themselves.

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