Isis tries in every way to escape from the SDF at Deir Ezzor. Some militiamen of the Islamic State cross the Euphrates, heading towards the Badia desert. Others point to Iraq
Isis tries in every way to escape from the SDF at Deir Ezzor. The militiamen of the Islamic State, closed and besieged by Operation Round Up (Jazeera Storm) between Safafinah and Baghuz Fawqani, attempted to cross the Euphrates to head north to Abu Kamal, towards the Badia desert. Their march, which saw the Syrian army (SAA) attacked west of the river, was however interrupted by the International Coalition. Inherent Resolve fighters have bombed jihadist posts, eliminating them. Other IS fundamentalists, on the other hand, tried to get to Iraq, from the south of the Middle Euphrates River Valley (MERV), but were blocked by the PMF before they could cross the border. Meanwhile, the Arab-Arab-Kurdish force continues to arrest elements of the group, including many foreign fighters, hiding among civilians. About 20 have been captured in the last hours.
Meanwhile, Jazeera Storm advances in MERV to Arqoub. The Daesh jihadists who remain are trying to negotiate for a safe passage that will take them to Idlib
Meanwhile, the SDF continue to advance within the small territory controlled by Isis in Deir Ezzor. The first objective of Jazeera Storm is to expel the Islamic State from Arqoub, the last great garrison of the jihadists (from which probably those headed towards the Badia desert). This led to multiple attacks on both air and land, by the Coalition and the SDF. The militiamen, however, continue to try to deal with the Arab-Kurdish force to obtain a safe-conduct for Idlib. In recent hours they have raised offers, adding to the release of about 1.5000 local civilians, including that of 29 prisoners of the SDF. According to the latest estimates, there are fewer than 500 IS fundamentalists in the area of the Syrian province. They know that if they do not find an escape route very quickly, their fate is death or capture by the enemy.