The Coalition to the SDF: the mission to defeat Isis is not over yet. Meanwhile, Iran seeks to extend its influence west of Deir Ezzor with recruiting.
Isis in Deir Ezzor uses the same tactics of the northern Iraq battle: It attacks the SDF from the mosques. The Islamic State also uses civilians as human shields
Isis a Deir Ezzor is using the same tactics employed in Iraq to resist the SDF offensive, using civilians as human shields. The militiamen of the Islamic State are hiding inside the mosques, from which they then launch attacks against the Syrian fighters of Operation Round Up (Jazeera Storm). The confirmation comes from the International Coalition. Colonel Sean Ryan tweeted that the militia “continue to launch attacks from mosques, regardless of innocent lives and protected sites”. Inherent Resolve “conducted a strike at Daesh fighting position in Susah mosque”. The terrorists did the same especially in the north of the neighboring country – from Mosul to Tal Afar – during the battle that led to their defeat. They hid inside places of worship, especially during the hours and days of prayer, to hit the enemy knowing that this could have responded in a limited way to protect civilians and buildings.
Daesh tactics, however, do not seem to work. Jazeera Storm advances towards Sha’Fah and Hajin, where the final battle for control of the Middle Euphrates Valley (MERV) will be fought
The Isis tactic, however, is not working at Deir Ezzor. So much so that a few hours ago Susah was declared completely free from the Islamic State and Marashidah will be very soon. The Daesh militia, in fact, are still found in small pockets in the city, isolated and surrounded by the SDF. In addition, Jazeera Storm began to advance towards Sha’Fah, one of the last two terrorist strongholds in the Middle Euphrates Valley (MERV) along with Hajin. Here the terrorists will most likely fight their final battle for survival in the Syrian province, exploiting every tactic or trick, using above all the huge network of tunnels under the town and the civilians as human shields, to try to resist for as long as possible .