Isis reacts to the offensive by the Syrian army (SAA) and Russia west of Deir Ezzor
Self-proclaimed Islamic State groups from Iraq surprise their enemies, causing deaths and injuries.Isis’s response to the offensive launched by the Syrian army (SAA) and Russia’s west of Deir Ezzor was not long in coming. A group of Islamic State militiamen, arriving from Iraq, unexpectedly attacked the enemies west of Abu Kamal, killing numerous soldiers. Furthermore, in the Akashat area, on the border between the two countries, the Daesh jihadists destroyed a post of the local people’s militias (PMF).
The raids confirm that there is an important, well equipped, and coordinated IS resistance pocket between Iraq and Syria. Probably the terrorists coordinate through the mobile command centers, which operate in the Badia al-Sham desert and which allow remote operations to be carried out from the strongholds, always remaining on the move to reduce the risk of being identified.
Analysts believe that the ambushes are only just beginning. For Daesh, maintaining control of the Badia al-Sham desert up to Homs is vital for survival. Analysts, however, believe that Isis raids against Damascus soldiers in Syria are just beginning. The SAA and Russia operation, in fact, despite being a success, involved only a small area west of Deir Ezzor. As a result, the Islamic State cells moved into the desert to other strongholds towards Homs.
From here, the jihadists coordinated attacks against the enemy, all of which took place on the main highway that connects the administrative capitals of the two provinces. In support of them, as recent events have confirmed, there are also the Daesh groups operating in Iraq on the border between the two countries. These intervene where necessary and then return to their bases in the neighboring nation. For IS, maintaining control of the Badia al-Sham desert is vital for survival. As a result, the terrorists will do everything they can not to lose it.
The Syrian army, with the participation of the Russian military, conducted a large-scale counter-terrorist operation from 18 to 24 August, according to the Russian Defense Ministry. “The attacks of the Russian Aerospace Forces and the Syrian Air Force, the artillery fire, and the actions of special reconnaissance and search groups in the “White Desert” neutralized 327 guerrillas, destroyed 134 shelters, 17 observation posts, seven warehouses, and five underground depots for weapons and ammunition.” The representative of the Russian group in the Syrian Arab Republic said.
The Russian air force arrived in Khmeimim in 2015 after Damascus asked Moscow for assistance in the fight against terrorism. Air support has played a key role in helping the Syrian government reverse the tide in the conflict against the Islamic State and other extremist groups that controlled Syrian territory. Now, most of the country has been liberated, and militants only hold small villages in the northwestern province of Idlib.