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Iraq’s Top Cleric Is Becoming Its Political Savior
Syrian War Daily – 22nd of October 2018
Assad's strategic use of ISIL made his victory in Syria possible
It's crazy to think it basically took the better part of a year to isolate Aleppo from the Turkish border, besiege it, and capture it, whereas Daraa and the southwest are being accomplished in weeks...
This campaign is just going a lot smoother and more quickly than I imagine many people imagined, including myself.
I think a lot of it has to do with the SAA clearing huge pockets and not having to defend wonky front lines, freeing up thousands of troops for assault formations.
It’s hard to define it, but I sense it - a ‘loss of vitality’ of some kind. On paper the force is there, but the will is gone. Except for the IS.
Aleppo was the beginning of the end for the rebels foreign sponsors. They realized Assad was staying put and gradually began decreasing support.
So.. Rebels in Daraa city decided to fight?
It is basically the same maps as the others, it is just that this one has the surrounding mountains red (SAA has Fire control over it anyway) but There have been rumors of negotiations there
Probably the SAA will take everything in Daraa before putting any serious pressure on Daraa city. If East Ghouta is any guide likely there will be a negotiated settlement.
With the rebels not having access to Jordan (unless through ISIS territory) I don’t see how they could possibly keep insisting on anything but unconditional surrender.
Excluding Daara which i don't see much of a problem now is surrounded and cut off , and the Tigers have taken much more fortified towns.
We start to enter the tricky phase the Israel border area , this for obvious reasons is a massive unknown and i don't know what will happen here, The rebels might do well just lob shots into Israel and see what happens as the SAA approaches.
I don't think Daraa city will take that long, they will attack from the south where rebels haven't prepared for.