The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

After about 7 months of expelling it by operations led by Suhail Al-Hassan, ISIS comes back to life in Aleppo province

Within 4 months, ISIS managed to come back to life in 3 provinces used to be under its control earlier

The military operation of the regime forces backed by their allied militiamen of Syrian and non-Syrian imposed siege for about 4 days on a large area of villages, in adjacent countryside within Aleppo, Idlib, and Hama, fully besieging on this pocket, after the regime forces blocked the way to this pocket located in the southern countryside of Aleppo, and the eastern countryside of Idlib, and the SOHR monitored that ISIS managed to fully control the remaining villages, which are 17 villages, after the regime forces advanced in other villages within this pocket, and thus ending the presence of Hayaat Tahrir Al-Sham in the villages, and this part of the northeastern countryside of Hama and the southern countryside of Aleppo.

The rapid advancement of ISIS expanded its control to at least 80 villages in the countryside of three provinces, Idlib, Aleppo and Hama, which bring back ISIS to the province, they lost their full control of them on the 30th of June 2017, where they managed to control on several villages in the province of Aleppo, and thus its presence of return in the 3 province, which are Idlib, of which they were expelled to about 4 years, Hama province, which their presence was ended in the third part 2017, and Aleppo province, of which they were expelled at the mid of 2017, within 4 consecutive months, since the beginning of October 2017.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published last Thursday that reliable sources confirmed to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights that the clashes are taking place under the supervision of Syrian commanders in the organization as well as fighter from the area, in which their knowledge of the nature of the area reflected on the course of the operations, in addition to another reason which is the presence of large amounts of gold, silver and money with the organization in Gharanij which used to be inhabited by citizens of Sh’aytat Clan, in which this town as well as the towns of Abu Hamam and al-Kashkiyyeh witnessed the biggest massacre against the Syrian people by ISIS which killed about 1000 Syrian citizens, and the reliable sources told the SOHR that the organization tries to preserve these amounts and sent them safely out of the area, so it fights desperately to repel the attacks and carries out counter attacks, while the International Coalition targets the area at lower pace, in an attempt by it with its backed forces to seize these amounts of gold, silver and money.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published few hours ago that the organization carried out counter attacks in the past few days and the most violent was during the past 48 hours, which were accompanied by detonating 2 booby trapped vehicle in the town, amid attacks by the organization and raging a fight between it against the forces of “Al-Jazeera Storm” Operation, which escalated their operation in early December 2017, in order to end the presence of ISIS on the eastern banks of the Euphrates River, in which the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored during the past 48 hours, the fall of human losses due to the counter attacks of ISIS, in which the SOHR documented the death of 29 members at least of the organization, while 8 members at least of the forces of “Al-Jazeera Storm” Operation were killed due to the detonations, clashes and the exchange of shelling, and the casualties in the ranks of the organization whose death was documented by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, include Abu Talha al-Almani who is one of the European commanders remaining in the pocket still controlled by the organization in the east of the Euphrates River, consists of 5 villages and towns as well as parts of Gharanij town.

And the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published on Thursday that the “Islamic State” organization has been continuing to maintain the areas of its influence for weeks, in the Syrian territories, these areas where the organization’s opponents remaining in the direct military confrontation against it, supposed to end its presence and complete to impose their control over the remaining pockets of the organization which lost tens of square kilo meters of its controlled areas, and turned in 2017, from the largest influential power with an area of 95325 square km, and with a percentage of 51.48 % of the geographical area of Syria, into a power that only controls about 3% of the geographical area of Syria with an area of 5750 square km

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored the field developments, which have been in favor of ISIS, since the stop of advancing at the expense of it late in December 2017, as since the SDF managed to confine its decrease the control of the organization on the eastern banks of the Euphrates River to 5 villages and towns which are al-Bahra, Hajin, Abu al-Hassan, Sha’afah and Al-Baghuz, the SDF were not able to achieve advancement despite their attempts to carry out operations in many fronts in the areas remaining on the eastern banks of the Euphrates River, the organization is also presented in the part in the north-eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, which is connected with the southern countryside of Al-Hasakah which still include 22 villages and areas including Tal Al-Jaber, Tal al-Mnakh, Om Haffur, al-Rimat, Fakkah al-Tarraf, Fakkah al-Shwaykh, al-Hessu, al-Bawardi, al-Dshishiyah, Bajari Desert adjacent al-Suwar Desert which includes the administrative borders between Deir Ezzor and Al-Hasakah, and on the contact fronts with the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them of Syrian and non-Syrian nationalities, ISIS has expanded its scope of control, as after the presence of the organization had finished in the eastern countryside of Hama and Uqayribat area, it was reborn in the north-eastern countryside of Hama, and managed since it passed through the regime-held areas in the first third of October 2017 and until today the 18th of January 2018, to take the control of 63 villages in Idlib and Hama countryside, to reach a distance of about 15 km away from Abu Al-Duhur Military Airbase, and this advancement took place from 2 fronts, one of them was at the expense of the regime forces and the other was at the expense of Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham, in which the organization managed to impose its presence in these two provinces, and it also brought reinforcements of hundreds of fighters arrived through the regime forces-held areas in the Syrian Desert, and the contact areas between the regime forces and ISIS, did not witness any fight except few days ago when the regime forces started a limited attack through which they had taken the control of a village and a hill before the organization carried out an attack to the north and reached Sinjar town, while this presence in the contact areas with the regime forces is not the only one, as the organization still impose its control on large spaces in the southern section of the capital Damascus, in large areas of Yarmouk Camp and Al-Tadamon neighborhood as well as large spaces of Al-Hajar al-Aswad neighborhood, and it is also presented in 14 communities in the eastern desert of Al-Sukhnah city in the eastern countryside of Homs and Al-Tiba area north of Al-Sukhnah, and despite the allegations and the preparations the regime forces and gunmen loyal to them and the Russian forces on one hand, and the Syria Democratic Forces supported by the International Coalition on the other, they did not manage to end the presence of the organization in their controlled areas, and the organization did not wait the operations of the regime forces and the SDF to end its presence, but it turned instead to carry out violent attack using booby trapped vehicles and explosive belts which enabled it to kill tens of its opponents in the areas which it is located in, or which it lost earlier. Also Jaysh Khalid Ibn Al-Walid which swore allegiance to the “Islamic State” organization is controlling an area about 250 square km which is 0.13% of the Syrian land area, and is located in the Yarmouk Basin in the western the countryside of Daraa adjacent to the occupied Syrian Golan.