ISIS has started a forceful conscription campaign for all military-age males in the area of Deir Ezzor, according to Hassan Hassan, a senior fellow at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy.
Hassan released an alleged picture of the ISIS announcement of the start of the conscription campaign. According to the announcement, all men from 20-yo to 30-yo have to joint the ISIS ranks to fight the Syrian Arab Army and its allies.
Persons that ignore the order will be reportedly punished by ISIS security forces.
UNPRECEDENTED — ISIS declares forceful conscription for all military-age males in Deir Ezzor (for now from 20-year-olds to 30-year-olds) pic.twitter.com/PmticbHljK
— Hassan Hassan (@hxhassan) 3 August 2017
The decision is another sign that ISIS faces significant problems in central Syria where the Syrian-Iranian-Russian alliance conducts a large-scale campaign against the terrorist group. Government forces have been storming Sukhna and preparing for a push towards the Deir Ezzor provincial capital.