BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – ISIS-linked media has released new photos of recent battles between Islamic State terrorists and Syrian Collation-led forces (of which Kurdish until forma a major part) in the country’s east.

The last month has witnessed heavy clashes in the east Syrian province of Deir Ezzor – namely along the eastern shore of the Euphrates River – as US-backed Arab and Kurdish militias battle it out with ISIS for control of the entire region.

Lacking the kind of strategic mobility it use to have in previous years due major losses in technical pickups and armored transports over the course of 2017, ISIS has contented itself with the more tactically-orientated strategy of waging local battles within the remaining small towns and villages controlled by its forces along the Khabur River and eastern shore of the Euphrates.

Unlike before where ISIS would only retake a lost settlement from the outside with a motorized counter-attacking force, now it re-seizes the odd town and village by counter-attacking from within it.

To this effect, armed Toyota pickups as a means of transport have been replaced by tunnels and the terrorist group’s remaining forces have been dispersed across the few settlements still under its control and entrusted to local commanders rather than grouped into a single mass for the purpose of conducting strategic operations.

Andrew Illingworth | AMN
Andrew Illingworth | AMN
Andrew Illingworth | AMN
Andrew Illingworth | AMN
Andrew Illingworth | AMN
Andrew Illingworth | AMN
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