BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:35 P.M.) – In one day it will be three months since Syrian pro-government forces, led by the Syrian Arab Army and supported by Russian airpower, lifted the ISIS-imposed siege on Deir Ezzor, bringing an end to three years of uncertainty which hung over the city regarding its fate. Perhaps more disappointed with this outcome than ISIS itself are US-backed forces and so-called ‘opposition’ supporters.
What Deir Ezzor represents symbolically is hated not just by ISIS, but also by Kurdish separatists and radical Sunni-centric armed groups (namely the Free Syrian Army) alike.
Deir Ezzor, beyond its obvious strategic value as a major settlement which commands all the main roads running from and across eastern Syria’s Euphrates valley region, is a city where Sunnis Arabs, ethnic Kurds and Druze as well as Christian Armenians and Assyrians have lived in peace for generations. It is a cross-section of Syrian society itself.
For the standard Kurdish separatist or Sunni supremacist who cannot muster a thought of sympathy for others beyond their own tribe, how horrible the existence of such a city is (and how evil such a ‘regime’ that defends it must be).
The information aggression campaign propelled by the various press centers of US-backed forces and opposition personalities linked to mainstream media outlets (both of whom expressed their thoughts through social media outlets like Twitter) against the pro-government operations to lift the siege and then to complete the liberation of Deir Ezzor from ISIS (after the siege was lifted) took on pathetic proportions.
To this end, pro-ISIS views were passively expressed by Kurdish separatists and pro-opposition ideologues over social media, asking disguised rhetorical questions more-or-less like “how can we liberate the city if the regime is still there?”.
Furthermore, passive requests for permission by US-backed forces to attack the Syrian Army were also made via the press centers of these armed groups, such requests being disguised as disappointment with statements to the effect of “unfortunately Syrian opposition forces cannot liberate Deir Ezzor since the regime got there first” and “Operation Al-Jazeera Storm [the Syrian Democratic Forces’ campaign to reach Deir Ezzor] failed because the US surrendered the city to the regime”.
With this understood, it can be concluded that US-backed forces, both in the form of Kurdish separatist and pro-Sunni rebel groups, wanted the city of Deir Ezzor to fall to ISIS. They wanted this so that they could then take the city (with US military support) for themselves and, with the city’s cultural heritage destroyed as well as its minorities exterminated (as ISIS, being the iconoclastic and genocidal group it is, would have done), build their own segregationist societies on top of it in addition to preventing the re-establishment of the legitimate government’s authority over Syria’s eastern provinces.