BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are making a big push this week to capture the last major Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) stronghold in the eastern region of the Euphrates River Valley.
Led by the Deir Ezzor Military Council troops, the Syrian Democratic Forces are currently pushing south from recently captured Abu Badran in a bid enter the key town of Al-Sousah.
The aforementioned town is believed to headquarter the Islamic State’s central command and potentially the terrorist group’s leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.
With the announcement of a 32km deep safe zone along the Syrian-Turkish border, the Syrian Democratic Forces can now focus on defeating this last Islamic State pocket and clearing the last areas east of the Euphrates.
While ISIS may lose their last pocket east of the Euphrates, the terrorist group maintains a large presence inside the Badiya Al-Sham region that is located between the Homs and Deir Ezzor provinces.
The Islamic State has been active in the Badiya Al-Sham region since they emerged in eastern Syria in 2014.
This ISIS-occupied area in the Badiya Al-Sham region is not accessible to the Syrian Democratic Forces, as it is surrounded by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their allies.