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Syria, Turkey points to the M4 highway while Isis tries to regroup

Turkey, despite the truce, tries to advance further in northern Syria and aims the M4 motorway. Pro-Ankara militias attack several villages in the area, but Kurdish forces repel them

In Syria, despite the truce, the clashes between the SDF and the Turkish TAF military continue. These, through the allied militias, are trying to gain control of the M4 highway, which connects the most important cities and villages in the area. In the last hours, in fact, there have been several gun battles, which lasted almost a day, at Khirbet Fars, Paguz Seker, Shirkurd and Masaodya. The attacks have been rejected, but it is likely that in the next few hours there will be others. Meanwhile, Isis, begins to resurface in the country after the appointment of the new caliph, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi. In Kafr Jibrin and Hasaka two car bombs exploded while in the desert of Abu Kamal (Deir Ezzor), a group of Islamic State militants attacked some check points, where pro-Iran paramilitary forces appear to have been deployed.

Meanwhile, the SDF strengthen the security between Hasaka and Deir Ezzor. Isis, after the appointment of Qurayshi as a new caliph, must reorganize. The fastest way is to free the Daesh militiamen in Kurdish prisons and conquer the oil fields to resume smuggling

The SDF, meanwhile, have increased vigilance throughout the controlled territory, from Hasaka to Deir Ezzor, to prevent Isis offensives. In fact, attacks by the Islamic State are expected above all towards specific objectives. From the different prisons in the Syrian region, where the Daesh militia are locked up, to energy infrastructures. IS, once the new leader has been appointed, must reorganize and needs resources to do so. Recruiting new jihadists will take time, so those that are already “available” must be freed. Furthermore, gaining control over oil fields will allow fundamentalists to resume trading on the black market, quickly finding funds. Consequently, to prevent the hypothesis, the Kurdish and international forces tightened security in these two areas.

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