Syrian Army besieges last Daesh stronghold in Aleppo

Hawaii Intelligence Digest, 25 March 2017, 22:15 hrs, UTC, Post #151.

Source:

http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/news/syria/2017/syria-170324-presstv02/htm?

Accessed on 25 March 2017, 22:15 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Iran Press TV.

Please click link to read the full report from Iran Press TV.

Comment:

It’s always interesting to consider  the Syrian Civil War from a different point of view.  In this case, the opinion comes from Iran Press TV.

According to Iran Press TV, Syrian army forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad are now advancing on the last stronghold of Daesh Takfiri (Islamic State) fighters near Aleppo.  The town of Deir Hafer is a major target on the strategic Aleppo-Raqqah highway.  If the town is taken by Syrian army forces, then Raqqah, the self-declared capital of the Islamic State, will be cut off from major supply routes.

According to Iran Press TV, Syrian army troops are also fighting ISIS/ISIL forces east of Damascus.  The Iranian media outlet says the fighting has created the potential for mass starvation as refugees abandon their homes in the region:

“The militants have failed in their attempts over the past days to reach the heart of the Syrian capital amid stiff resistance by government forces.

The clashes are taking place despite a truce which has been in place across Syria since last December. The ceasefire does not include the Takfiri terrorists of Jabhat Fateh al-Sham and Daesh.

On Thursday, UN humanitarian advisor on Syria Jan Egeland said the delivery of humanitarian aid to almost 300,000 civilians in the outskirts of Damascus has been cut due to the continued fighting in the area.

Nearly 161,000 civilians in the besieged Douma rural area and 142,000 others in Kafr Batna have run out of food stocks and all the routes to the areas have been blocked.

The UN is preparing to send an aid convoy to Wadi Barada, a valley outside Damascus on Friday, but humanitarian aid to other areas has been stalled.

Meanwhile, the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates wrote two letters to the UN, in which it held Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar responsible for the escalated fighting between government forces and foreign-sponsored Takfiri terrorists on the outskirts of Damascus.”

Opinion:

An interesting analysis of the Syrian Civil War from the Iranian perspective.  Should the Islamic State be defeated by Iranian and Russian-supported Syrian forces, then the larger question of who will control the area ceded by the collapsing Islamic State will arise.  To the east of Damascus, there are Iraqi forces advancing slowly through west Mosul, while Kurdish forces are preparing for an assault against Raqqah.  Not all of these forces are on talking terms with each other.  Turkey is especially worried that victorious Kurdish militias will turn their attention to Turkey itself once the Islamic State is neutralized.  The defeat of the Islamic State may just set the stage for a larger conflict.  The only parties that will gain from this turn of events will be Russia, Iran, and Syria.

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