With Defeat Looming, ISIL haunts Syria with 6 Bombings, Killing 53

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – –

Daesh (ISIS, ISIL) is still acting like a military organization, but it has always mixed military with terrorist tactics. On Monday it slid toward the terrorist side of the spectrum, setting off 6 coordinated bombings that left over four dozen people dead. It mainly targeted, however, military personnel and infrastructure, suggesting that despite the organization’s recent severe battlefield setbacks, it is still engaged in a mainly military strategy. As it is rolled up, expect to see it hit more civilian, soft targets.

The bombings included a large blast at Tartus that damaged an important bridge. Russia leases a naval base at Tartus, and the road from there allows Russia to resupply the Syrian government troops down south in Aleppo. Trying to knock out a major bridge and to block traffic between the northwest ports and the southern capital is aimed at weakening the regime and hurting its Russian backers. Most of the dead were killed (35) in the Tartus bombing, with 48 wounded.

Another bombing hit the al-Zahra quarter of downtown Homs, which is garrisoned by the Syrian Arab Army, killing 4 security personnel. The Syrian regime had expelled fundamentalist militias, including Daesh and al-Qaeda elements, from this central place. Homs is crucial to the al-Assad regime’s logistics, since it is on the route from the ports of Latakia and Tartous to the capital.

In Saboura, 20 km west of Damascus on the outskirts of the capital, a bombing killed one person. The regime has been consolidating control over the capital and its hinterland in recent weeks, and Daesh is pushing back against any feeling of security in Damascus.

Daesh also hit a non-regime target, its deadly Kurdish enemy in al-Hasakah, with a bombing that left 6 security men and two civilians dead. The YPG militia of the Kurds has denied Daesh half of its base province, al-Raqqa, and has helped close off the terrorist organization’s smuggling routes to Turkey, having taken Manbij away from it last month. North of Manbij at Jarabulus, Turkey has sent in tanks and given support to fundamentalist rebel groups that despise Daesh. Its leadership may have felt the need for this wave of bombings to hurt its enemies militarily but also to announce that it is hardly finished as a force.

Another Daesh attack took place in the northeast Kurdish city of Qamishli.

Daesh claimed responsibility for the wave of bombings in a communique and also published details of the biographies of the suicide bombers. It said that it hit regime and Kurdish targets, likely in a bid to shore up its bona fides with the Sunni Arab opposition, which sees Daesh as a wretched combination of brutal and ineffective against the regime.


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5 Responses

  1. Ask who is funding Daesh and you get a crazy quilt answer…Like from this Russian friendly site….which is probably needs an update….

    “In Daesh’s role as opposing Syria (just one of its many roles) the terrorist outfit is believed to have received funding from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, as part of their opposition to the Assad regime.

    But it also generates its own income, having taken control of local businesses, taxing others, and selling oil. Among its customers, incredibly, is Syria. Since Daesh controls much of the oil-production infrastructure in the country, Syria has little choice but to purchase oil from the very group that seeks to overthrow its government.

    Reports also indicate that Israel is a main buyer of Daesh oil. The sale is not direct; oil is smuggled by Kurdish and Turkish smugglers, and then Turkish and Israeli negotiators determine the price. As a result of these oil sales, Daesh has annual revenues estimated at $500 million, according to data compiled by the U.S. Treasury.

    In November of this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed that Daesh is being financed by at least 40 countries — including G20 members. With such widespread financing, it will be difficult to defeat Deash.”

    If this explanation is true you can ask why has this war lasted so long and you get the same answer….Follow the money.

  2. i would say that isis is doing pretty well militarily considering that both the american and russian imperial air forces are blasting them around the clock for a year plus. it is pretty impressive they are still around at all.

    i am not rooting for isis but rather pointing out the madness of our warfare. it is not working. …assuming the goal is stability and democracy.

    but truth be told….the goal is chaos and headlines like “With Defeat Looming, ISIL haunts Syria with 6 Bombings, Killing 53”.

    so i guess our policy is working. …mission accomplished.

    is it possible that we in fact want isis to stick around and get crazier giving us an enduring reason to continue the Never Ending War?

  3. “Daesh (ISIS, ISIL) is still acting like a military organization, but it has always mixed military with terrorist tactics.”
    Huhhh? There is a difference between military and terrorist tactics?
    Like burning a Jordanian pilot alive or dropping 388,000 tons of napalm on Vietnamese civilians? Many more examples but clearly the USA uses terrorist tactics and has for as long as there has been a USA.

  4. Good, solid details in this article. But, why keep referring to the Assad government as the “regime”? The word has been become a term filled with suspicion of any country whose government is referred to as a “regime.” What articles in the media fail to point out–and here, too I’m afraid–is that the Syrian government is the legal government of the country and that US support to overthrow it is blatantly illegal. So is Clinton’s proposal of a no-fly zone illegal.

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