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Syria, Isis in Deir Ezzor also loses Abu Hassan and is attacked at Sha’Fah
The SDF in Deir Ezzor have removed Isis in Abu Hassan and push further south into the Middle Euphrates River Valley (MERV). In addition, Jazeera Storm launchs a surprise attack on the Islamic State at Sha’Fah
The SDF in Deir Ezzor have expelled Isis also from Abu Hassan. Operation Round Up (Jazeera Storn) troops launched a large-scale offensive in the city, freeing it from the Islamic State in less than three days. Inside there are still small pockets of jihadists, but do not worry the Syrian fighters. In fact, they are heading further south in the Middle Euphrates River Valley (MERV), towards Al Buq’An and Al-Qahadi. Meanwhile, the International Coalition continues to carry out targeted bombings on the Daesh posts in the quadrant, up to Susah, while simultaneously providing air support close to the Arab-Kurdish forces on the ground. Moreover, the SDF also launched a major surprise attack on Sha’Fah. The militiamen did not expect it and were left behind, moving back to the more central areas of the stronghold. At the moment violent clashes are taking place.
The mass escapes of the Daesh militias increase, bringing civil hostages with them to avoid being attacked by the Coalition. Meanwhile, the Syrian army (SAA) is preparing an offensive to Abu Kamal
Isis in Deir Ezzor is now collapsing. In less than a month the Islamic State has lost about half of the controlled territory in the Syrian province and continues to retreat. This has led to massive escalation of mass escapes both to Iraq in the south and to the area west of the MERV in the Badia desert. Moreover, the jihadists have begun to bring with them civil hostages, to be used as human shields, to avoid being attacked by Inherent Resolve. Jazeera Storm discovered this after arresting IS members outside Sha’Fah. Here the SDF are pushing to the maximum, to prevent the Syrian army (SAA) from conquering the area, dividing their region in two. The SAA is preparing an offensive against Daesh in Abu Kamal and it is feared that the soldiers could cross the Euphrates on the pretext of hunting down terrorists.