The by now almost legendary IS journey

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Key developments
  • The somehow absurd story of the transport of Islamic State fighters from an enclave on Syria’s border with Lebanon is not over. The US-led coalition prevented them from reaching Deir al-Zor. According to reports, some of the busses are stranded in the desert while others retreated to regime-held territory. 
  • The Jordanian government said that relations between between Syria and Jordan are “heading in the right direction”. Another sign that once opposing countries accept the regime and consistent with what is happening on Syria’s border with Jordan, where pro-regime forces are capturing more and more border posts. 
  • Reports indicate a reconciliation between Hamas and the Syrian regime that is based on Iranian mediation and the decision of Hamas’ new leadership to dismantle its organizational ties with the Muslim Brotherhood.
  • Hayat Tahrir al-Sham has forcibly seized control of local facilities in  Idlib city and ousted the civil council that refused to turn over the control to a HTS-led administration. After it has beaten its opponents on the battlefield, HTS can - at least for now -  exploit its military dominance to highjack the civil administration.
  • Pro-regime forces have reached the western edge of Deir ez-Zor city. IS militants tried to counterattack but think of the sheer incredible amount of militaries and militias that currently target the group. Conventional warfare is no longer an option for IS.
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