ISIS militiamen try to escape from the SDF on the Jahfa hill in Baghouz, crossing the Euphrates. The Syrian army (SAA), however, stops them. The jihadists of the Islamic State aimed at the desert of Badia Al-Sham, between Deir Ezzor and Homs
The attempt by the ISIS militiamen to escape from the SDF at Deir Ezzor, exploiting the Euphrates, failed. A large group of Islamic State jihadists, who had taken refuge on the Jahfa hill after the fall of Baghouz, tried to cross the river in the area of Abu Kamal. But the Syrian Army (SAA) intervened and stopped them, killing many. About a hundred more, however, preferred to surrender to Jazeera Storm’s troops. Having lost the last stronghold in the Middle Eastern country, many Daesh fundamentalists gave up to the enemy. Others have fled and some have barricaded in the mountainous area near Baghouz. The Global Coalition immediately launched a massive and incessant raid campaign, while the Arab-Kurdish forces begun to close the circle. Consequently, the only hope to avoid capture or death remained crossing of the river.
Three pockets of Daesh still remain in the Badia Al-Sham desert. Until Damascus eliminates them, they will always represent a danger. Especially for civilians
The Isis militiamen who attempted to escape through the Euphrates aimed to arrive in the Badia Al-Sham desert, between Deir Ezzor and Homs. Here there are three small pockets of Islamic State jihadists. They are isolated but not too far apart. Moreover, unlike the SDF, the SAA does not exert constant pressure on them. This allows Daesh groups to breathe between one attack and another, as well as to reorganize. Also managing to launch sporadic attacks east of the river. Until the Damascus troops definitively clean up the three areas, in the south and east of Syria there will remain the danger of new attacks by IS fundamentalists. Especially against the civilians, considered soft targets (as they are little protected) and a primary source to gain resources.