ISIS Claims Credit for Attack on Syrian Gas Pipeline

Attack caused electricity outages around Damascus

ISIS has issued a statement taking credit for a Friday attack on a gas pipeline in Syria’s Deir Ali, near the power station. The attack caused a power outage in the capital city of Damascus and the surrounding areas.

The Syrian Oil Ministry confirmed on state media Sunday that the power station is back in operation, and electricity has been restored. The area this took place in is directly to the south of Damascus.

That makes this potentially noteworthy, with the ISIS presence in Syria mostly confined to the deserts of Deir Ezzor, and occasionally around Homs Province. Deir Ali is an area where ISIS generally was not heavily active, even in the caliphate days.

The rules could change for where ISIS is engaged. After the destruction of the caliphate, ISIS remnants were all over the deserts, but nowhere of note, and nowhere populated. The group has been trying for years to reassert itself, and that could happen wherever the opportunity presents itself.

This is both reflective of ISIS not doing well setting up shop in the east, where a lot of Shi’ite militias are, and other rebels having mostly been routed from southern Syria, leaving their former territory up for grabs.

Author: Jason Ditz

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