BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS) has begun flooding the villages they control in the Deir Hafer Plain of east Aleppo, local journalists embedded with the Tiger Forces reported this evening.

In response to the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) rapid advance in east Aleppo, the Islamic State forces have begun pumping water from Assad Lake into Al-Jar Channel that is located north of both the Jirah Airbase and Deir Hafer City.

While this act by the Islamic State will likely slow down the Syrian Army, it will not stop their offensive in east Aleppo, as they are poised to reach the Maskanah Plain by March.

With the Syrian Arab Army entering Humaymah village minutes ago, the Islamic State’s stronghold of Deir Hafer is within striking distance of the government forces for the first time in nearly four years.

 

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Floriangeyer
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On the plus side, the villages flooded by ISIS will present no tunnel and underground fortification problems for the SAA forces. Every cloud has a silver lining.

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Stern Daler

Yes – but it can make it harder to detect mines. But maybe IS dispenses with that. Anyhow the farmers will like this. Free irrigation.

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Françoise LAGATHU

“Anyhow the farmers will like this. Free irrigation.”
No need in winter !

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Stern Daler

Upvoted Your post. AFAIK Yes. Syria has winter rain but You cannot beat some free irrigation in the eyes of a farmer.

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Stern Daler

Thx Francoise – I forgot that the region has a rainy season in winter. Though I am so sure that it was enough in recent years. No need? Maybe drown rodents. A farmer always can use every thing free.

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Assad must stay

But when the water retire, the mines may be discovered.
So advantage near of zero 🙂

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Stern Daler

Afraid probably yes. Pout.

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Assad must stay

If they send to much water, they will be easy targets for the choppers 🙂
So they should continue :mrgreen:

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Stern Daler

Ok. Then not only the farmers will love it. Me too.

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=> If they send to much water, they will be easy targets for the choppers So they should continue => In this case. May God give them, the farmers and the choppers plenty of additional rain for extra irrigation this winter. Mashallah.