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BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS) is far from defeated in Syria, despite the recent statements from the U.S. and Russian presidents.

While most of their so-called ‘caliphate’ has been liberated, the Islamic State still clings onto several areas across Syria.

Among these areas still occupied by ISIS are southwestern Dara’a (Yarmouk Basin region), western and eastern Deir Ezzoz, and southern Damascus (Yarmouk Camp, Al-Qadam, Tadamon, Hajar Al-Aswad).

Making matters more complicated is the fact that the anti-ISIS forces in these areas are all opposed to one another, which rules out joint offensives against the terrorist group.

Furthermore, the Syrian Army and US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were able to capture most of the ISIS-held territory last year because they could force the terrorist group to retreat to the vast Badiya region of eastern Syria.

Had the Syrian Army rejected the terrorist group’s requests of being transported to the Badiya region, the battles for the ISIS strongholds of ‘Uqayribat in eastern Hama or Al-Sukhnah in eastern Homs would have been incredibly costly for the government.

With thousands of fighters remaining and no place to retreat, it will be very difficult to upend the Islamic State from these regions in Syria.

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The pocket of Isis that infests the areas of Hama and Deir ez-Zor are not Isis at all, they’re paid rebels working for the US. They can exist where they do because the SDF allow them refuge and resupply from the Iraqi border on the northern side of the Euphrates, and the base at Al-Tanf near the Jordanian border does the same. The Russians have been making moves to cut them off from Al-Tanf but have so far failed. These so called Isis fighters will end up being the perfect excuse for the US to invade Syria and should be… Read more »

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Exactly, but I add that they are being eliminated daily but on a small scale. I have all faith in the tactics of the Syrian and Russians. Give it a couple of weeks and then, maybe I will worry.

George
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George

No place to retreat?

Then liquidate these monkeys.

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Why is it a priority, let it be.

christopher
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Of course it will be hard, however, One should recall hard won battles in Baba Amro and Aleppo. The elimination of all terrorist groups in Syria will be achieved.

jojo
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“With thousands of fighters remaining and no place to retreat”

But wouldn’t those in the east run over to Iraq, if the SAA attacked them – and then the Iraqi army could take care of them.

Josh
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Once they’ve got nowhere to retreat to, and they’re sitting out in the middle of the empty desert, just have the Russians drop some FOABs on them!

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Al Qaeda after returning from Afghanistan have always lived in Sinjar in Iraq. He must just drive them and after to eliminate them gradually.