Isis ad Arqoub is undergoing an unprecedented pressing by the SDF and the Coalition. These are the preparations for the imminent ground invasion by Jazeera Storm against the last stronghold of the Islamic State in Deir Ezzor
Isis ad Arqoub is undergoing a massive air and artillery offensive by the International Coalition and the SDF. This in preparation for the imminent ground invasion of Operation Round Up (Jazeera Storm) troops. In the last hours, indeed, the last stronghold of the Islamic State in Deir Ezzor is under constant attack. The Daesh militiamen have now been confined to a small area between Marashidah and Baghuz Fawqani. This passes south of Safafinah, at Huwayjat Khanafirah and west of Shaykh Hamad. The jihadists hold hundreds of civilians hostage, using them as human shields, to prevent the Syrian fighters from attacking them. But their resources have run out. They no longer have food and even the munitions begin to run low. As a result, their resilience is severely limited. The Arab-Kurdish forces are just waiting for the right moment to strike.
Meanwhile, attempts by Daesh jihadists to flee from Middle Euphrates River Valley (MERV) increase
Isis also continues to lose fighters. Not only in the clashes with the SDF, but especially as a result of their escapes from the battlefields, increased exponentially in the last days. The local militiamen and the foreign fighters try to mingle with displaced people to leave the Middle Euphrates River Valley (MERV), unnoticed. Their attempts, however, are in vain. The SDF, thanks to scrupulous checks, can identify and stop them. In fact, over a hundred Islamic jihadists have been captured by Jazeera Storm in the last month. Of these, three were arrested only in the last hours. Their destinations are the Badia desert, between Deir Ezzor and Homs, Iraq or Idlib in northern Syria on the border with Turkey.