Iran is sending massive reinforcements to Abu Kamal. Does Tehran want to better tackle Isis’s “The saga of exhaustion 2” offensive between Homs and Deir Ezzor, or attack Inherent Resolve?
What is Iran aiming for in south east Syria? In recent days, numerous reinforcements have arrived in Abu Kamal to the Shiite militias, allies of the army of Damascus (SAA). MEMRI, citing local sources, speaks of dozens of trucks coming from Iraq through the Qaim crossing. They will formally have to support the SAA in the fight against Isis. Especially after the Islamic State recently launched the operation “The saga of exhaustion 2” from the desert of Badia al-Sham in Homs against enemy positions in Deir Ezzor. The Daesh jihadists, in fact, have since then increased attacks on Syrian soldiers and civilians across the quadrant. Some analysts, however, fear that there may be more behind it. Perhaps also an attack on Inherent Resolve’s forces, which provide support to SDF in the region. The hypothesis, however, although not excluded a priori, is currently considered “remote”.
Surprise mission in the south east of Syria by the head of the aerospace forces of the IRGC. Objective: to improve defenses against enemy air raids, especially those of Israel but not only
The concerns are also compounded by the recent surprise visit to Abu Kamal by General Amir Haji Zada, head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) aerospace forces. The high officer, like the reinforcements for the militias, entered Syria via Qaim. It is not known what the purpose of his mission was. The only certain information is that he carried out a reconnaissance in the area and then returned to Iraq. Its presence, however, has not passed since all the roads in the quadrant have been sealed. Analysts believe that Tehran is trying to remodel its defenses to Homs and Deir Ezzor, to be less vulnerable to enemy air raids, especially those of Israel but not only. This in anticipation of the growth of its troops in the area and perhaps, in the future, of the construction of a sort of military airport.