Islamic State ramps up actions in jap Syria

IDLIB, Syria — The Islamic State (IS) carries out almost day by day operations in Deir ez-Zor in opposition to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the civilians it accuses of cooperating with the Kurdish forces. IS can also be imposing taxes on store house owners, docs and others by threatening them with homicide and kidnapping through WhatsApp messages.

Furthermore, IS is consistently attacking Kurdish forces’ checkpoints and barricades, forcing the SDF to retaliate with large-scale safety and navy operations in opposition to its cells in jap Deir ez-Zor.

On Dec. 14, 2021, IS claimed duty for separate assaults that focused SDF checkpoints within the jap countryside of Deir ez-Zor, along with a command headquarters in al-Jarthi east of Deir ez-Zor.

On Telegram, IS stated its forces focused two SDF checkpoints — one in Dhiban and the opposite in Suwaidan east of Deir ez-Zor — with grenades and machine weapons. IS additionally focused a number of positions on the bridge street in Darnaj with machine weapons. The group claimed duty for a number of earlier assaults on SDF navy headquarters in al-Busaira within the jap countryside of Deir ez-Zor with machine weapons and rocket-propelled grenades.

On Dec. 13, 2021, the SDF — supported by the US-led worldwide coalition — carried out a safety operation within the east of the nation, killing 5 folks. In an announcement concerning the incident, the SDF stated the raid that came about near al-Busaira focused a hideout utilized by “a dangerous cell of the terrorist” armed group IS.

The SDF indicated that the cell’s location was raided with US air assist, explaining that members of the terrorist cell opened hearth and SDF forces responded, which led to the killing of 5 members of the cell. “Most of them were wearing explosive belts,” the assertion added.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that 4 folks had been killed within the alternate of fireside, together with a person, his two sons and his son-in-law, who’s more likely to be the principle wished individual within the operation.

The observatory famous that two of them had been killed by helicopter gunfire. “SDF arrested arms dealers and others suspected of belonging to the extremist organization.” 

Syrian journalist Zain al-Abidin, who lives in Deir ez-Zor’s jap countryside, advised Al-Monitor, “IS launches almost daily operations here with explosive devices and attacks against SDF members, patrols, checkpoints and civilians suspected of cooperating with the SDF. IS also forces the local traders, investors in oil wells, livestock owners and doctors to pay it a tax, threatening to kill those who fail to pay. IS is also killing anyone practicing witchcraft or suspected of selling drugs. In the last two months of 2021, it ramped up its attacks in this region. The largest strongholds of its cells are the towns of Dhiban, al-Hawaij, al-Zar and al-Shuhail.”

Abidin famous that west of the Euphrates in Deir ez-Zor, IS assaults have turn into restricted, properly calculated and restricted to explosive units and missile assaults that focus on Syrian regime positions. He added, “IS always moves in small groups, where each group has its own commander who has his own vision. The situation of IS in the [eastern] countryside of Deir ez-Zor differs from its situation in the Syrian desert where supplies and transportation are difficult. In the desert, IS relies on individuals to supply it with food or sometimes attacks shepherds to secure food.”

Abidin doesn’t imagine the brand new IS management is the explanation why the group has intensified its actions. “A new leadership has nothing to do with the frequency of operations,” he affirmed. Rumors circulated about IS appointing a brand new chief for what it calls Wilayat of Syria, although IS has not offered any statements on that.

Jusoor Center for Studies researcher Abbas Sharifa, who resides in Turkey, advised Al-Monitor, “There are several reasons that make IS more active in Deir ez-Zor. These include the fragile security situation there, where the Syrian regime and the SDF are struggling over power control and the weak role of the local community. Moreover, IS is imposing taxes on oil traders in this oil-rich region to achieve self-financing.”

“There is no doubt that any new IS leadership would try to prove itself by intensifying its operations. This, however, requires active cells, a database of events, logistical support bases, and protection and security measures,” Sharifa stated.

He indicated that IS is imposing its spiritual teachings within the countryside of Deir ez-Zor, which displays the local people’s lack of ability to withstand it amid the regime and the SDF’s management of the province.

“By intensifying its activity, IS is sending a two-way message,” Sharifa stated. “The first is aimed to motivate its members to ramp up their activities in the region, and the second is to threaten and intimidate its enemies.”

Many causes may enable IS to spice up its vitality and regain energy on this area, together with the truth that the worldwide coalition has in the reduction of on its assaults, he stated. “IS is tapping into Iran’s expansion and missionary activity to spread Shiism in the region, which is a major provocation to the local community. It is also taking advantage of the absence of a just political solution that brings peace to Syria in general and to the region in particular.”


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