After facing military setbacks in its self-declared caliphate in both Iraq and Syria, some ISIS members in Deir Ezzor have recently appeared unwilling to fight. It has also coincided with a manpower shortage, which ISIS attempts to solve with several means.
Deir Ezzor 24 correspondent in eastern rural Deir Ezzor, confirmed that a certain number of ISIS fighters in the town of Jadid Akidat, which is considered the main storage of ISIS manpower in the eastern countryside, obtained medical certificates from some close doctors to justify their absence in the fighting fronts of Deir Ezzor.
On the other hand, sources told Deir Ezzor 24 that ISIS has lately begun to put the employees, in its run-administrations and institutions, on the fronts in Hasakah and Aleppo after replacing them by wounded and disabled ISIS fighters.
Rami from the western countryside of Deir Ezzor, said that the young people from his region have begun fleeing to Turkey due to the random arrest campaigns, they are subjected to on a daily basis. The recent reports about ISIS imposing compulsory military service on the young civilians in the region, due to a shortage of manpower, is also a reason why they are fleeing.
It should be noted that ISIS has also suffered heavy losses so far in the ongoing clashes against the regime in both the city of Deir Ezzor, Al-Jura and Al Qusour districts, and the vicinity of the military airport, which the group has been unsuccessfully attempting to control for around one year and half now.