Assad regime backs ISIL against rebels in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor

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FSA rebels during anti-ISIL clashes in Syria's Deir ez-Zor. File photo

ARA News

Deir ez-Zor, Syria The Syrian regime’s warplanes has recently intensified raids to 8-11 drives a day on the besieged neighbourhoods of the city of Deir ez-Zor and its environs, causing tens of casualties among civilians.

This came amid the 760-day siege on the city by the regime as well as Lebanese and Iraqi “militias” except for two completely regime-held areas; al-Qusour and al-Joura – the regime’s stronghold where its military troops piled up to shell other neighbourhoods and surrounded villages.

Some Free Syrian Army (FSA)-linked sources stated to ARA News that the regime forces in cooperation with al-Qaeda splinter group of the Islamic State (previously known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant “ISIL”) prepare car bombs using civic vehicles in the villages of Deir ez-Zor “to evacuate them”.

Pointing out ISIL’s goal of evacuation, the same sources said: “ISIL tries to expand its dominance in the western and eastern countrysides of Deir ez-Zor, merging the two battles and striking the biggest tribal concourse between Syria and Iraq.”

“Bringing more ISIL-affiliated militants with sectarian beliefs to fight in the region, especially after Ali al-Sistani’s (the highest-ranking Shia ‘marja’ in Iraq) legal opinion to join al-Maliki forces,” the sources added.

Speaking to ARA News, Abo Hussein al-Furati, leader of an FSA faction, confirmed the mutual regime-ISIL cooperation in bombardments.

“On Wednesday, we witnessed one of these vehicle bombs on al-Taym oil wells road causing the death of five people and some casualties,” Al-Furati said.

Al-Furati reported heavy artillery and mortar shelling by the regime on the neighbourhoods of Hatla, al-Hawiqa and the Political Security Bridge early on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, local activists mentioned to ARA News the regime’s siege of the inhabited under-shelling areas and prevention of people to flee.

“Regime and ISIL keep blocking the Political Security Bridge, preventing people from crossing to the relatively more secure countryside,” activists said.

According to observers, the Syrian regime allowed ISIL and some Iraqi militias to control the rest of Deir ez-Zor environs, oil wells and hermitages.

 

Reporting by: Saleh Adam

Source: ARA News

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