Islam Times 17 Jun 2017 052017000000Sat, 17 Jun 2017 05:18:22 -0400 5:18 -------------------------------------------------- Title : Daesh’s Plan to Overrun Deir Ezzor City Foiled -------------------------------------------------- Islam Times - Earlier, Daesh insurgents attempted to infiltrate the Huwyqah and Rashdiyah districts in goverment-held neighborhoods in Deir Ezzor city, resulting in ferocious firefights between the warring parties in eastern Syria. Text : Meanwhile, the Russian Air Force targeted an ammunition storage depot in the Al-Hamidiyah district and a massive fire engulfed the Daesh-held facility. In the countryside of Deir Ezzor, the SAA under cover of Russian warplanes, inflicted casualties upon Daesh members in artillery and missile bombardment while they were gathering around the Panorama area, Al-Tanmiyah, Ummal and the cemetery area. With the Kurds slowly winning the battle for Raqqa, Daeh has thrown much of its military power against Deir Ezzor in a bid to establish a new safer capital in the center of the remaining Daesh-held territory across Iraq and Syria. However, SAA forces under the command of Major General Issam Zahreddine could be reinforced before the end of the year after government forces overran the highway town of Arak and the nearby T3 Airbase in eastern Homs earlier, thus lifting the siege of Deir Ezzor. Thirty Daesh commanders were killed when the Russian Air Force gate-crashed a Daesh Military Council meeting near Raqqa. Rumors have it that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi might also have been killed in the strike. Yet, he has been "almost dead" for a very long time. There were obvious efforts by the Daesh leadership in the past weeks to move fighters out of Raqqa and reinforce areas around Palmyra and Russia dropped many large bombs on this plan. In late May, approximately 120 ISIS militants traveling in 39 pickup trucks armed with large-caliber machine guns were "intercepted" by the Russian Air Force as they attempted to flee Raqqa. On Friday, the Russian Defense Ministry said that it is checking on information indicating that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was reportedly killed in a Russia-led airstrike in Syria when Russian Su-34 aircraft and a Su-35 multirole fighter carried out airstrikes near the Daesh stronghold of Raqqa in northern Syria two weeks ago. The strikes targeted a meeting of high-ranking Islamic State chiefs where al-Baghdadi was reportedly present to discuss and plan routes for the exit of militants from Raqqa through the southern corridor. According to information, which is being checked through various channels, Daesh leader Ibrahim Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi was also present at the meeting and was killed as a result of the strike, the ministry said. However, there shouldn t be euphoria if he was killed as the terrorist group has changed dramatically over the past two years and it is unlikely that the group would be seriously affected by its leader s death. Martin Jay, a British award-winning journalist, said that Daesh will never be eradicated as the situation in Syria is much more complicated than it seems. Obviously, in killing him, you have removed the head of the Caliphate and this should have some impact as Daesh stretching, across Syria and parts of Iraq, technically no longer exists. Daesh is spread very thinly and it is influence is expanding. We also need to think about what the impact will be on countries around the world, who participated in the campaign to attack Daesh and to kill the leader, as well as the certainty of reprisals. Syria is not unlike Afghanistan where generals complained that the biggest problem was that they were simply pushing insurgent groups around from one area to the other. Their ideology has now been fixed in the minds of many, even in various organizations around the world, and we re seeing it all the time, even in London recently. Political commentator Marwa Osman also claimed that Daesh won t be much affected if its leader is dead, and might take on his ideology, becoming even more committed to take revenge and continue after him. She said, Daesh might just become even more committed to take revenge or simply continue after him because despite their growing defeats across the world, the level of terrorism and the amount of terrorist attacks is rising.