We stop for a week for technical updates. Activities will resume regularly from February 7th.
Inherent Resolve to the SDF: There will be no reduction of forces in Eastern Syria. The mission against Isis is not yet over
There will be no reduction of Inherent Resolve’s forces in Syria. This was guaranteed to the SDF by the deputy commander of the anti-Isis Coalition, General Kevin Copsey. The senior officer recalled that the mission to defeat IS has not yet been completed. Furthermore, he explained that the partial withdrawal of the US military from Iraq is disconnected from those in the neighboring country. The confirmation, however, comes from the field. In recent days, in fact, joint operations against jihadist cells have multiplied, especially in Deir Ezzor. In addition, new assets and equipment have recently arrived in the quadrant. A sign that not only international soldiers will remain. But perhaps they could also increase, thanks to the partial disengagement in Iraq. On this, however, there are no details, but only rumors about a possible surge. Not so much on a quantitative level, but more on a qualitative one.
Meanwhile, Iran seeks to extend influence west of Deir Ezzor with militia recruitments
Meanwhile, Iran is trying to extend its influence in eastern Syria, even after the recent raid against its militias in Abu Kamal (Deir Ezzor). Tehran has launched a massive recruitment campaign locally, offering wages of $ 200 a month for those who enlist in the al-Fatemiyoun, al-Zainabiyoun and Baqir brigades. The objective is twofold: on the one hand, to strengthen control in the villages of the western area of the province, while increasing protection against Isis raids and the conversions of local inhabitants from Sunnis to Shiites. On the other hand, spying on the “enemies” east of the Euphrates and conducting campaigns to undermine the image of the SDF and Inherent Resolve. Not surprisingly, a long time ago a cell of jihadists who suited local leaders was arrested, trying to put the blame on the Arab-Kurdish forces.