Exclusive – Sound and Picture
IS prevented Internet service in the city of Albu Kamal east of Deir Ezzor that follows administratively the so-called “Euphrates state”. This prevention was only issued for Albu Kamal and its countryside as a first step in preventing internet services in the rest of IS-controlled areas. The interesting thing was that this decision has not been applied in any of IS areas in Qaim city in Iraq which lies about 5 km away of Abu Kamal and also follows Euphrates state.
Abu Khaled, a man closed to IS said to “Sound and Picture”: “IS didn’t pan the Internet service in AlbuKamal for the same reasons like it does in other areas. From the beginning of IS control last year, IS used to treat this city in a different way due to its particular strategic importance to IS as -according to IS- it follows Euphrates state of Iraq not Syria, therefor the decisions that are applied in Albu Kamal most often differ from decisions in the rest of DeirEzzor. “
“There have been talks among IS members during the last two days saying that the Internet cut came for security reasons due to the visit of an important figure who is likely to be” Aladnani”, to decide on disputes that raised recently after replacing the military leader “the Chechen Omar” with ” the Belgian Abu Omar” the leader of battles of Deir Ezzor province, and also for the disputes that accrued when announcing “Saddam Aljamal” as the prince second-in-command of Albu Kamal city” said Abu Khaled.
IS has issued a decree earlier to spend off all space internet devices in the region, including the privet devices of houses and banks with no exceptions.
Remarkably, private sources indicated to “Sound and Picture” that the Internet will be back very soon to the city after the end of Aladnani visit to the area as a confirmation that the panning decision was not for an organizational reason rather for security one, the source indicated to our reporter that Aladnani during his visit met the Belgian Abu Omar and provided him with IS orders concerning Deir Ezzor military airport and the besieged neighborhoods, also met with Saddam Aljamal and some of IS officials to inform them that the decision of the Belgian appointment did not come to detract the importance of the Chechen Omar rather to serve IS military plans in battles, in an attempt to restore prestige of the Chechen who is no longer one of the prominent leaders of IS.
IS concentrated its forces and ordnance on both Dier Ezzor military airport fronts and the besieged neighborhoods after the Belgian’s visit, and sent a lot of military backup, also announced the villages adjacent Dier Ezzor on the other side of Euphrates to be a military zone and informed people there that they should be evacuated awaiting a further notice.
Moreover, IS began sending civilians who were arrested for what is called “Sharia irregularities” to the fronts of Deir Ezzor, which confirms what some said that IS suffers from a shortage in number, as fighters numbers has decreased dramatically due to the battles of Hasaka province and the cases of escape in fronts.