SHAFAQNA – Renown investigative journalist and analyst for the Middle East, Patrick Cockburn told Sputnik in an interview earlier this week that he believes Daesh, aka ISIL is about to “breath its last” following Russia’s insistent and sustained air bombardments. Such a welcome development would actually explain Turkish President Recep Erdogan’s recent ire towards his Western allies and his calls for more military actions in Syria – quite evidently Daesh’s losses are also his own, since he ambitions to wield terror to carve himself a new Ottoman Empire.
Of course that was counting without Syria’s Resistance Movement, and both Russia and Ira’s determination to defeat Wahhabi-inspired terrorism.
“The war in Syria and Iraq led to the creation of the Islamic caliphate quasi state, the terrorist entity established by Daesh in eastern Syria and western Iraq in the summer of 2014,” Patrick Cockburn writes in his article for London Review of Books.
He added: “The Islamic State [Daesh] is likely to be destroyed eventually, such is the pressure from its disunited but numerous enemies, though its adherents will remain a force in Iraq, Syria and the rest of the Islamic world.”
An astute military strategist, President Putin has worked to cut off Daesh’s supply routes, making it virtually impossible for the group to manage its financial interests … never mind organizing the arrival of fresh recruits. In effect Daesh has suffocated under Russia’s air-raids, only to be burnt to the fire of the Resistance on the ground.
Daesh “is buckling under military and economic pressure,” stressed Cockburn.
While anti-Daesh forces have retaken Sinjar, Ramadi and Tikrit in Iraq, the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the Syrian Arab Army have forced Daesh to retreat in Syria and are encircling it in Raqqa.
“The ground forces attacking IS [Daesh] — the YPG, the Syrian army, Iraqi armed forces and Peshmerga — are all short of manpower (in the struggle for Ramadi the Iraqi military assault force numbered only 500 men), but they can call in devastating air strikes on any IS position,” Cockburn continues.
Daesh is suffering heavy losses and is now isolated from the outside world with the loss of its links to Turkey, the journalist underscores.
In those areas still under the control of Daesh militants life is said to have become increasingly more difficult and violent as both tensions and disputes have arisen in between factions – highlighting the disintegration of the group.
By Catherine Shakdam for Shafaqna