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Are ISIS once again winning in Syria as they rapidly recapture territory from regime?

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Why bother with a post grad? Are they even worth it? Have your say! 26-10-2016
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    Since Assads forces broke the ceasefire with the moderate rebels, they have moved troops away from ISIS front lines and as a result ISIS has been retaking vast amounts of territory. If you look at the map:


    You will see that ISIS in black/grey is close to retaking Palmyra. The regime areas in red have been significantly pushed back over the last week.

    Deir Es Zor a regime enclave in the East has been besieged by ISIS for almost a year, should the regime negotiate a safe passage with ISIS to allow residents to escape to safe areas in the west with Daesh gaining Palmyra?

    Also should the regime give Palmyra back to ISIS as their control of it is unsustainable?

    From what I can see the regime should negotiate a peace deal allowing the Daesh to occupy all Eastern Syria in condition that the Daesh remove all forces from west Syria because the regime is incapable of any overall victory against the Daesh.

    The advantages are that it will end the Syrian civil war in the East of the country, save the regime a lot of money and lives and with no war in this area allow the coalition airstrikes to stop.


    The ISIS gains against the regime this last week or so have been small and insignificant. It seems to me that the standard ISIS proceedure, when losing somewhere, is to pressure somewhere else to try and make gains there instead. They've done this many times before, sometimes successfully and sometimes not. It doesn't mean they're winning. They have lost all of their major 2015 gains, and are not close to recapturing any of them, and certainly not Palmyra.

    Deir Ezzor can still be resupplied by air, and the airport and government held area of the city is well fortified. Deir Ezzor is not going to fall at any point in the foreseeable future.

    Stop fighting ISIS' propaganda war for them by promoting all this nonsense about them being invincible (they're not) and retaking "vast" territory (they haven't).
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