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Syria, the SAA increasingly pressed by Isis west of Deir Ezzor

The Syrian army (SAA) has suffered a new ambush by Isis west of Deir Ezzor. The jihadists show no signs of decreasing the pressure and morale among the troops is collapsing

There is no peace for the Syrian army (SAA) and pro-Iran allied militias in the Badia al-Sham desert west of Deir Ezzor. A joint convoy was ambushed by Isis militiamen, who killed and wounded several components, putting the others on the run. Damascus did not need to send reinforcements from the Fifth Army Corps, which lined up between Al-Duwayr and Al-Hasrat, near the Euphrates. IS attacks against SAA positions and vehicles, in fact, are continuing at an increasingly rapid pace. Not even the intervention of the Russian fighters a couple of days ago, which carried out a series of strategic raids against the terrorists in the quadrant, helped to ease the pressure on the soldiers, who are increasingly discouraged and nervous. Their commanders for the moment are still managing to keep order, but the situation is rapidly deteriorating.

Damascus asks Russia for concrete help against IS and meanwhile sends reinforcements. These, however, do not know the territory unlike the enemies

Damascus, which is organizing new roundups in the Badia al-Sham desert, has asked for more concrete help from Russia against Isis in Deir Ezzor. According to local sources, it seems that some Federation assets are on the way, which could create advanced operational bases (FOBs) from which to conduct continuous raids against IS. However, there is a high risk that these too will be targeted by jihadists. As a result, if and how to establish them, as well as which defenses to equip them, are still being studied. Meanwhile, the SAA periodically receives reinforcements from other regions of Syria. The problem, however, is that the new military and allied militias do not know the territory and therefore are easy prey to ambushes by terrorists, as the latest attacks show.

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