Fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) were two months ago marching south towards the gates of the Iraqi capital following their capture of the city of Mosul and after they seized control of the Anbar province. Despite that, they did not enter Baghdad. Despite all expectations, they headed north towards Kurdistan! In Syria, ISIS followed a similar course as it turned its back on Damascus and headed east towards Raqqa after it seized the eastern city of Deir Ezzor. ISIS gained an easy victory over Division 17 of the Syrian army’s Brigade 93. This strengthened the belief that the Syrian regime is intentionally giving up faraway areas to ISIS control and is settling with fighting the Free Syrian Army in Jawbar, Rokneddine and Damascus’ suburbs.
The confusing question is: Why did ISIS transfer its men to these faraway areas in Iraq’s Kurdistan and eastern Syria?Abdulrahman al-Rashed