The last Isis area at Deir Ezzor is under heavy pressure on two sides: from the air one, with the constant raids of the Coalition and on the ground, with the SDF of Jazeera Storm offensive from Safafinah, Shajlah and Baguz Fawqani
The last Isis militiamen remaining in Deir Ezzor are suffering a heavy pressure on two sides. From the air, with the Coalition fighters that are constantly bombing the Islamic State posts, and on the ground. The SDF of Operation Round Up (Jazeera Storm) are, in fact, advancing on 3 axes: north from Safafinah, east from Shajlah and south from Baghuz Fawqani. Objective: to crush the Daesh jihadists along the Euphrates, preventing them any kind of movement. The latter have no capacity to react to the offensive of the Syrian fighters and continue to retreat. Meanwhile, they continue to lose elements, killed or arrested by the Arab-Kurdish forces. Today it seems that under the siege of the Middle Euphrates River Valley (MERV) fewer than 500 IS terrorists have remained. And that less and less of them are willing to fight until the end.
The last Daesh weapon left in the small portion of Middle Euphrates River Valley are the civilians. Used as human shields and as bargaining chip in the failed negotiations with Arab-Kurdish forces
The last weapon left in Isis hands at Deir Ezzor is the population. The militiamen of the Islamic State, in fact, are using local inhabitants as human shields. In the past few hours they have also tried to propose them as a bargaining chip, sending a group of traffickers to deal with Jazeera Storm. The request was simple: their release, in exchange for a safe passage to Idlib or Turkey. The SDF, however, have refused, reaffirming that the operation will continue until the last Daesh terrorist will be dead. The maneuvers against IS, however, have slowed down to reduce the risks of collateral damage. Meanwhile, the Arab-Kurdish forces continue to evacuate civilians from the clash areas to bring them safely to refugee camps. They will be able to return to their homes, once their villages have been freed by terrorists and cleaned up.