The strategy, however, has so far proved ineffective. In 2021 there were 455 strikes on IS, but only 34 jihadists killed. In addition, ambushes against the SAA continue.
The SDF at Deir Ezzor arrested over 100 ISIS members during operations still ongoing, along the Shaddadi Road. Jazeera Storm aims to eliminate Islamic State cells before they attack again
The SDF have arrested over 100 ISIS elements in a series of targeted raids against jihadist cells in Deir Ezzor. Jazeera Storm’s maneuvers, still in progress, have involved from Baghuz to Hasakah, in the whole area along the Shaddadi road that runs along the Euphrates. The objective is to quickly block the militants of the Islamic State before new attacks, which affect Syrian fighters but above all the population. Like the one that took place a few days in Raqqa in Al Naim square, which caused several deaths and injuries. In fact, Daesh, after being defeated from the military point of view, turned into guerrilla warfare, returning to his origins with the post Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI). The IS fundamentalists in the last month have increased by about 70% the dynamite attacks and by 62% the attacks against patrols and convoys. Focusing also on NGOs and civilians, with crop fires.
Damascus continues to bomb HTS, Daesh and rebel groups between Hama and Idlib, awaiting the SAA land invasion
Meanwhile, in the north of Syria the Damascus air campaign against Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), Isis and the other rebels is still intensifying. In recent hours there have been violent bombings between Hama and Idlib on Lataminah, Ma’aret Horma, Tarmala, Khan Sheikhoun, Ma’aret al-Nu’man, al-Sheikh Mustafa, Basenqul, Ariha, Ahsam, Hamadieh, Mashoun, Koura , al-Sehab, al-Fatira and al-Nakeer. The Syrian army (SAA) also hunted HTS, Daesh and rival groups from Hamirat, Hordana and Qarutiyah. This allowed the soldiers to reach the border between the two provinces. The jihadists responded by counterattacking at Tall Hawash, Qasabiyah and Kafr Nabudah. The invasion on the ground is now awaited. This will probably happen after the total acquisition of Hama by the SAA. At that point the jihadists in Idlib will be attacked on three axes, with the aim of closing them on the border with Turkey.