The SDF are preparing the final offensive against Isis at Deir Ezzor, at Hajin, barricading and demining the areas now free from the Islamic State
The SDF at Deir Ezzor are preparing the final offensive against Isis at Hajin, increasing their defenses. During the last days, while the reinforcements and supplies were arriving in the area, the forces of the Operation Round Up were concentrating on maneuvers alternative to the ones used to fight the Islamic State. First of all, they improved security in all the liberated areas. This is to avoid that jihadists try surprise attacks behind their backs, which is what happened at Suweida against the Syrian army (SAA). Moreover, a maxi operation of removal of mines and Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) left by Daesh in the areas from which the militiamen were chased is being carried out. In the last days hundreds of them were dismantled to enable the local population to return to their homes safely. On top of this a man hunt is going on to catch fugitives who are trying to escape by mixing with the civilians. The last one was captured just a few hours ago.
The Syrian army (SAA) liberates the Yarmouk Basin (Quneitra) from Daesh after a deal with the jihadists. The battle lasted 11 days and also many local rebels participated
In the south west of Syria, instead, at Quneitra, the SAA offensive against Isis was concluded. The militiamen of the Islamic State surrendered to the army, following an agreement with Damascus. This however, requires that they leave the Yarmouk Basin safely, in exchange of the liberation of the prisoners captured by Daesh at Suweida in the past days. It seems that about a hundred jihadists are ready to be embarked on buses which will carry them elsewhere. Presumably in the desert in the east, in one of the last IS pockets of resistance left in the west of the Euphrates. Actually, the area was taken back by the soldiers after 11 days of battles against the terrorists, in which also a significant number of local ex rebels took part. Therefore, the fundamentalists now are locked in only 3 areas of the country: Suweida, the Badia desert and between Hajin and Harse.