SouthFront: Syria battlespace, April 21, 2016

2
461

..from SouthFront

Heavy clashes continued in Deir Ezzor as the Syrian Arab Army was able to repel ISIS’ advance and take back the al-Sina’ah district which had been captured by militants. Thus, a shaky military balance was restored in the area. Pro-government sources report that about 70 ISIS militants have been killed in the clashes. In turn, ISIS social media accs argue that the loyalists lost more than 50 fighters.

In Jisr al-Shughur, unknowns assassinated Imad Tabak, the commander-in-chief of the Free Syrian Army’s 1st Coastal Division. The city of Jisr al-Shughur is jointly controlled by Al Nusra, FSA, Ahrar ash-Sham and linked groups. The death of Imad Tabak allows to suggest a serious disagreement among the militant allies.

Recently, the pro-government forces renewed attempts to conduct a full-scale operation aiming liberation of Jisr al-Shughur. In turn, militant groups formed a coalition led by a Salafi group, called Jeish al-Islam. The last developments show the imminence of further radicalization of the so-called “moderate rebels” that stay allied with Islamists and ignore the ceasefire.

Firefights between Kurdish units and pro-government tribesmen from the NDF were observed in Qamishli on April 20. As result some 40 fighters were reportedly wounded. The firefights continued last night despite the joint attempts of the Syrian government and the Kurdish PYD to stop the violence.

The event depicts the tensions between Kurdish units, often radical nationalists, and the Arab population on the ground. However, it’s wrong to expect that the ceasefire between the loyalists and the PYD-led forces could be broken. The Kurdish authorities know well that they aren’t able to confront ISIS and ISIS-like groups without nonpublic support from the Syrian government, even if they have an air support from the US-led coalition. This is why the long awaited Kurdish advance on Raqqa is, indeed, canceled. The US is preparing to launch it by itself, deploying high numbers of Special Forces units and equipment. In this case, statements about the Kurdish advance will be a poor PR amid the actions of the US military contingent.

About Southfront
South Front: Analysis & Intelligence (SF) is a public analytical project maintained by an independent team of experts from four corners of the earth. SF focuses on international relations and crises working through a number of media platforms. They provide military operations analysis and other important data where crisis points affect tensions between countries and nations. They dig out truth barely covered by states concerned and their mainstream media. SF does not receive any funding from corporations or governments. They are supported by reader donations. *All posts on behalf of South Front are made by Gordon Duff
ATTENTION READERS
Due to the nature of independent content, VT cannot guarantee content validity.
We ask you to Read Our Content Policy so a clear comprehension of VT's independent non-censored media is understood and given its proper place in the world of news, opinion and media.

All content is owned by author exclusively. Expressed opinions are NOT necessarily the views of VT, other authors, affiliates, advertisers, sponsors, partners or technicians. Some content may be satirical in nature. All images within are full responsibility of author and NOT VT.

About VT - Read Full Policy Notice - Comment Policy

Comments are closed.