The second phase of the SDF offensive against Isis is going on at Hajin: with air raids on the city of Deir Ezzor. The ground forces of Operation Round Up will start moving shortly
Intense bombarding is striking the Isis stations at Hajin. It is the first phase of the final offensive of the SDF against the stronghold of the Islamic State in the province of Deir Ezzor. The forces of the Operation Round Up (Jazeera Storm) and of the International Coalition In the past days launched, on the city, leaflets in which they urge the population to escape from the areas controlled by Daesh. Afterwards, the air raids started and, finally, also the ground maneuvers. Most probably the jihadists will be attacked from various directions east of the Euphrates. In the west, however, the Syrian army (SAA) will play the role of a buffer, to prevent attempts of escape towards Abu Kamal (Al Bukamal)by across the river. The only way out, therefore, is towards the Badia desert. This is the last pocket of resistance left in Syria, after the fall of Suweida.
The Islamic State has also lost Suweida and is playing its last card: the one of asking a maxi-ransom for the liberation of the civilians kidnapped. The Daesh are turning from terrorists to criminals
Meanwhile, in the south west of Syria, the SAA cornered Isis in a small area of land. The soldiers, in the last hours, chased the Islamic State out from Manaqar Rukhbah, Rukhbah, Hawi and Husayn. And Damascus is reducing to a minimum the freedom of movement of the jihadists. These have by now lost Suweida, but are however trying to play their last card. The one of the hostages. The militiamen announced that they will free several persons they had kidnapped during the past weeks, against the payment of a ransom of 50 million dollars. The group in this area seems to have turned from terrorist to pure criminal. Their objective is no longer to promote the jihadist ideology to the ultimate sacrifice. But to monetize the advantages obtained, and then escape with the loot towards the southern or internal part of the middle eastern country.