As part of the pressure exerted by the Al-Nusra Front and ISIS on the Syrian Air Force’s military airbases, the Al-Nusra Front managed to take over the Abu al-Duhur military airbase, southeast of Idlib. The Al-Nusra Front published photos of Syrian fighter planes and a helicopter that allegedly fell into its hands. The Al-Nusra Front claims to have seized 20 fighter planes and 15 helicopters at the airbase. This information requires verification.
ISIS continues to exert pressure on theDeir al-Zor military airbase in eastern Syria.This week, the Syrian Army thwarted an attempt to take over the base. ISIS, on its part, claims that its operatives managed to enter a number of places at the airbase. The Deir al-Zor military airbase is of major importance because it is the Syrian forces’ lifeline to the city of Deir al-Zor, which is besieged by ISIS. According to Arab media reports, ISIS operatives control most of the city’s neighborhoods.
ISIS began a media campaign, featuring operatives and clerics from Syria, Iraq and Yemen,severely criticizing Muslim residents who flee to European countries. ISIS’s main argument is that according to Muslim law, migration to countries where Islam does not rule is a sin. The campaign warns those who flee about the bitter fate awaiting them in Europe and against the loss of their Muslim identity. In the ITIC’s assessment, the campaign expresses the profound concern of ISIS, which relies on foreign fighters, regarding the dwindling population in the territories under its control.
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