The bombing of Ain Issa and the military build up of the TAF continue. Meanwhile, the SAA still clashes with Isis in the Badia desert. The toll is 30 deaths among IS soldiers and jihadists.
Only two Isis quadrants are left at Deir Ezzor. The one in the east in the Middle Euphrates Valley (MERV) upto the border between Syria and Iraq, and the one in the south between Hajin and Harse
Isis has only two quadrants left at Deir Ezzor. The one in the east in the Middle Euphrates Valley (MERV) upto the eastern border between Syria and Iraq, and the one in the south between Hajin and Harse. The third pocket of resistance of Daesh, situated in the Badiya desert, was conquered by the army of Damascus (SAA). There are still a few groups left in the area, but only on the side of Homs. Soon, however, the areas under the control of the Islamic State will diminish further. The SDF of the Operation Round Up advance rapidly in the MERV, along the border with the neighboring country. This is done, moreover, in cooperation with the ISF of Baghdad which are giving them support in the offensives against the jihadists. As a consequence, they should be freed completely shortly. Once the maneuvers are over, the final battle against the militiamen at Deir Ezzor will start: at Hajin, already under continuous pressing by the Iraqi air fighters and by the Global Coalition.
The core of the Islamic State of Deir Ezzor, and probably of the whole of Syria, is at Hajin. Probably there is also the Caliph of Daesh, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
The core of the Islamic State of Deir Ezzor, and probably of the whole of Syria, is at Hajin. There are the leaders of the chain of command of Isis, among which perhaps also Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. According to the Iraqi intelligence, the Caliph is hiding here since the fall of Qaim and this is confirmed also by the fact that the militiamen are defending the city strenuously, unalike other places. As if it was the last bastion of Daesh in the country. But, however, there is no certainty of his presence in the city. As there is also no certainty whether he is still alive or leading the group. Elsewhere there are small cells operating, mainly composed of fugitives, criminals or outcasts. For example at Suweida, Tasil and Homs. Some of them are still fighting, defending the ideology, but are not capable of provoking serious damages. The regular raids against the SAA at Abu Kamal (Al Bukamal) are a proof of this.