Syria map of military influence for November 2018 showed stability in terms of the total control ratio among most of the conflicting forces, despite the fact that some military movements and battles have taken place in some areas. The most prominent battles were between Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and ISIS and another battle between ISIS and the Syrian regime. Nonetheless, these battles did not affect the areas of control for any of the parties.
According to Jusoor Center for Studies released map, the Syrian regime control of the land shrank slightly to 59.6% compared to 59.8% recorded since last July until October. In turn, ISIS managed to take control of more area and scored (2.55%) and hence exceeded the control ratio it had maintained since last July until October by (2.4%).
On the other hand, armed opposition factions have maintained their area of control (10.3%) recorded since the beginning of August. Similarily, SDF have maintianed their area of control (27.5%).
It should be noted here that Syrian regime and its allies’ committed violations have escalated in the de-escalation zone in the Syrian during Novemeber. However, this did not affect the functioning of the cease-fire system enforced by the Sochi Agreement of November 10 that has established the buffer zone.
SDF launched military campaign in May 2018 resumed to take control of last pockets of besieged ISIS in al-Hajin, east of the Euphrates River, despite the People’s Protection Units (YPG ) announcement that their campaign against ISIS would finish end of October. Still, all SDF attempts to achieve tangible progress against ISIS in the last pockets did not succeed even with the heavy gunfire coverage provided by the International Alliance through air force and artillery and the Iraqi Air Force targeted strikes on ISIS strongholds in November last year.
Also, Turkish Army targeted SDF locations and points in east Syria in November 2018. The escalating tension on the Syrian-Turkish border led the United States to establish military observation point north of Tal Abyad in Raqqa countryside and to establish joint patrols with YPG. Subsequently, the United States measure enhanced Ankara’s resentment, but Ankara did not respond.