Islamic State militants are “living their final moments” in the last enclave they hold near the Iraqi border, where U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are attacking them, an SDF official said on Sunday.

A defeat of the jihadists in the enclave would wipe out Islamic State’s territorial foothold on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River.

A spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition said the SDF were making “great progress … but the fight continues”.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a coalition of militias led by the Kurdish YPG, have driven Islamic State from a swathe of northern and eastern Syria with the help of the U.S.-led coalition over the last four years.

Mustafa Bali, SDF media office head, said the SDF had stepped up attacks in the last two days and taken control of the area between the Islamic State enclave and the Iraqi border, cutting an escape route.

“They are living the final moments and realize that this battle is the battle to eliminate them,” he added.

U.S. President Donald Trump last month announced he would withdraw U.S. forces from Syria, declaring they had succeeded in their mission to defeat Islamic State and were no longer needed.

Since then, U.S. officials have given mixed messages. On Friday, the U.S.-led coalition said it had started the pullout, but officials later said only equipment, not troops, were going.

 

 

Source: Reuters

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rabbi drewzif
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Another ” final ” ISIS stronghold, one of dozens said to be overran since the early months of 2017.
My question is for these strongholds to survive who or what bodies have been supplying ISIS groups with weapons ,food, logistics and ammunition? And furthermore from what locations have the supplies been arriving from ?
Somebody must know!

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After Susah, there remain just 3 villages on the east side of the river. They still control large parts of the Badiya on the west side.

They get their arms from taking them from iraqi army in 2014/ 2015, from the SAA in every offensive, by bartering with traders that smuggle arms, from Turkey and from Qatari olicharchs. Major supplier is Turkey, for years already.

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Thus there was serious support from Iran to Daesh, since Zarqawi built it with very proactive help from IRGC, especially from Qassem Soleimani. Zarqawi hid in Iran before being smuggled in Iraq by IRGC and was on Iranian payroll more than on Qatari payroll, unlike most of Qaedan cockroaches. Investigate this thread, you’ll end stunned… So why? Hey, read Machiavelli’s analysis of Alexander the Great strategies to build his (short-lived) empire! He also created totally bonkers fake enemies to have his targets fight these then going weaker, then when it was about to end, he entered the country to wipe… Read more »

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You also had the same Bedoins that do drugs and cigarette trafficking through all deserts in the region that added arms trafficking to their range.

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The U.S. and her allies, like Israel, SA, U.K., Qutar and France, have been covertly supplying ISIS since it was created. Source: “CIA: Crime Incorporated of America” .

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Sdf is indeed in the outskirts of Susah. Once this is take n, only three villages remain. Will the survivors swim the river and disappear in the Badiya, like hundreds before? At least they will lose their heavy arms that way.

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Drones and AC-130 are needed to prevent it 😉