The Syrian military and the Islamic State have been ‘ignoring’ each other on the battlefield, according to information from the IHS Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Centre (IHS JTIC) database.

The figures suggest that the Islamic State and Assad’s security forces have embraced the clever strategy of ignoring each other while focusing on attacking more moderate opposition groups.

“If we look through the IHS JTIC database for this year, we see that just six per cent of 982 Syrian counterterrorism operations targeted the Islamic State and only 13 per cent of 923 Islamic State attacks in Syria targeted Syrian security forces,” said Matthew Henman, manager of IHS JTIC. […]