A recent report from the UN Protection Council’s Sanctions Monitoring Crew has identified that a lot of of the spots in Syria where by the terror group Daesh (ISIS) carries on to run, recuperate and extract oil for revenue are in parts of the country occupied by the United States.
According to the report’s executive summary:
Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), acquiring been defeated militarily in Iraq and most of the Syrian Arab Republic throughout 2017, rallied in early 2018 [owing to] a decline of momentum by forces preventing it in the east of the Syrian Arab Republic, which prolonged accessibility by ISIL to assets and gave it respiratory area to get ready for the upcoming phase of its evolution into a worldwide covert community.”
Though the text itself does not explicitly point out who controls these parts of Syrian territory, maps of japanese Syria make it very clear that the pockets of Daesh in U.S.-managed territory have remained unchanged in size due to the fact November 2017 while the Daesh pockets in the Syrian government-controlled part of eastern Syria have shrunk significantly since previous November.
In addition, the UN report states that the locations in which Daesh has rallied due to the fact the 12 months commenced are positioned in “pockets of territory in the Syrian Arab Republic on the Iraqi border” where by the team has mounted “attacks, such as across the border into Iraq.”
Again, space maps clearly present that the ISIS-controlled areas in only the U.S.-occupied portion of jap Syria are alongside the Syria-Iraq border.
A map of the territory held by ISIS (gray) at the Syrian-Iraqi border in the U.S. controlled zone north of the Euphrates (yellow). April 24, 2018. Supply | Syria Dwell Map
Notably, in the sliver of Daesh-managed land amongst U.S. and Syrian government-managed spots in the border metropolis of Abu Kamal, when the Syrian Arab Military (SAA) has attempted to assault Daesh positions in the area this year, they have been focused by U.S. coalition airstrikes. U.S. coalition airstrikes have also attacked Syrian civilian villages in the government-managed portion of Abu Kamal. Survivors of that attack claimed that their villages experienced been targeted for refusing the entry of the U.S.-backed opposition militias — this sort of as the Qasad militia, which is mainly composed of previous Daesh fighters.
U.S. coalition airstrikes focusing on the SAA in Abu Kamal and elsewhere in eastern Syria have also been the essential lead to of the “loss of momentum” of forces fighting Daesh that was cited in the UN report, as Syrian forces have declined to advance deep into U.S.-held territory in purchase to go after Daesh after staying bombed a lot of occasions. In addition, the U.S.’ very own bombing marketing campaign versus Daesh can hardly be referred to as powerful given that the U.S., alongside with their armed forces proxy the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), commonly announce on social media when and where by they will be bombing Daesh in jap Syria times in progress.
#DeirEzzor – Following a quick surveillance tour by Gen. Funk, Gen. Jarrard and #SDF commander in Center Euphrates River Valley heval Çiya yesterday, procedure to liberate #Hajin to begin nowadays in the evening.#JazeeraStormpic.twitter.com/t9gqrNveVX
— zana amed (@zana_med) July 13, 2018
Over and above jap Syria, the report also notes that a different Daesh-infested area of worry is also found farther south in the location about the al-Tanf armed service base, which has been occupied by the United States given that 2016. The UN report raises concerns about the Rukban refugee camp, which lies within the so-referred to as “deconfliction” zone that the U.S. has imposed on a 55-kilometer radius about al-Tanf.
The report states:
The densely populated Rukban camp in southern Syrian Arab Republic is made up of some 80,000 internally displaced persons, together with people of ISIL fighters, a condition which Member States anxiety could make new ISIL cells.
As with other Daesh-held places less than U.S. “protection,” the U.S. has attacked the SAA for attempting to enter the U.S.’ unilaterally-imposed “deconfliction” zone in an effort to assault Daesh militants.
The evidence that the U.S. existence in Syria is essentially serving to to reinforce Daesh flies in the confront of the Pentagon’s justificationfor the U.S.’ profession of northeastern Syria as being required since the Syrian authorities is not strong plenty of to defeat Daesh on its individual. However, as the the latest UN report reveals, the Pentagon’s portrayal does not appear to be the actuality of the circumstance.
As MintPress has mentioned in the previous, this locating is rarely surprising given that the Defense Intelligence Company report from 2012 revealed that the U.S. willingly permitted Daesh to be fashioned in buy to destabilize the Syrian govt and partition Syria via foreign navy intervention. Considering that then, the U.S. has tailored its justifications for its existence in Syria, notably following the failure of Daesh and foreign-funded opposition teams to depose the existing governing administration of Syria.
By keeping a Daesh pocket in the territory it occupies, the U.S. can keep on to justify its unlawful existence in the state for the lengthy-time period. Without a doubt, just previous thirty day period, the Trump administration manufactured it crystal clear that the U.S. armed forces ideas to keep in Syria for the extensive haul, substituting Iran for ISIS as its new regional boogeyman.