Deir Ezzor – Sound and Picture
After months of absence, confining its presence on reconnaissance flights and aerial assassination of prominent IS members, Coalition aircraft last night July 30 launch a series of raids on IS’s sites, which are considered the fiercest of its kind since the international coalition launched its operations against IS 23 July 2014.
Coalition’s strikes targeted IS checkpoints and oil fields east of Deir Ezzor, but the most noticeable development was striking the bridges linking the two sides of the river east of Deir Ezzor.
the air strikes exceeded 16 strike, all of which focused on IS sites in Albu Kamal, Tanak oil fields, Konicoa gas field and IS’s checkpoints on the bridges linking northern and southern sides of the river east of Deir Ezzor.
Zaid Al-Fourati, Sound and Picture reporter, said: “those raids was focused on Deir Ezzor eastern countyside, targeting bridges link between Euphrates’ River two sides and destroying a number of bridges, such as Rumana bridge in Iraq, Alsoia’ah bridges, Albaguz in Abu Kamal and rail bridge in Baka’an town. In addition to bombing Almayadeen bridge without totally destroying it. The coalition strikes also targeted several IS’s checkpoints and headquarters there, such as Alsoia’ah, Salehia ,rail bridge and Almayadeen bridge checkpoints. and a number of headquarters in Salehia, Nakheel farm and Abu Hamam towens”.
Al Fourati also said: “Coalition air-craft resumed its raids, and bombed IS camps in each of Hezam Al Akhdar area in Albu Kamal and Nibai camp of Abu Hamam towen”.
The last target of coalition strikes was Deir Ezzor oil fields “Kuniko field – Tanak field – Ward field”, causing fires in those fields although the bombing did not reach those fields directly.
Activist Hassan, from the countryside of Deir Ezzor confirmed to “sound and picture”: that the coalition raids last night severely harmed the organization in its control areas in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor which represent a large areas separated by the Euphrates River. After the destruction of these bridges, the nearest point for the IS members and their equipment to cross between the banks of the Euphrates River in Deir Ezzor countryside became the Asharah bridge 65 KM far east of Albu Kamal city.
This will certainly draw burdens on communication and mobility for IS since its control area in the eastern countryside had been completely cut in half into two separate.
Activist “Hassan” adds: the destruction of these bridges will not only affect the members of IS, but will have a significant negative impact on people in terms of mobility between Abu Kamal and its western countryside to attend hospitals, markets or work.
The destruction of these bridges will cause the dismemberment of the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor since both the residents and truck owners from the city of Abu Kamal are no longer able to move between the two parts of the city after the destruction of bridges, which would force them to go to the city of Mayadin or Al-Asharah and then take the road back to the other side of the city crossing a distance of 65 km each way.
After the destruction of the bridges, many damages would apply on the people either from the commercial or transportation perspective. However, The organization of Islamic State is the mostly affected party since the destruction of the bridges will cause them inability to transfer weapons and items between the two banks of the river as fast and comfortable, forcing them to travel for long distances to transport equipment which leaves its members exposed to the coalition aircraft that can target them more accurately and effectively. Moreover, It also leads to its inability to rapidly interact and coordinate its centers deployed in the province in the event of an emergency (such as any future progress of its opposing factors or the Syrian Regime forces, especially in the vicinity of Deir Ezzor military airport.
Thus, the movement of IS vehicles is limited now which will leave them vulnerable to targeting by the Coalition air-crafts. increasing the difficulty to organize the transfer of members or equipment between Syria and Iraq or between the areas of Deir Ezzor province.