BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:40 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS) is far from finished in eastern Syria, despite some claims of defeat by several world leaders.

ISIS has carved out a mini caliphate in eastern Syria, causing both the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to continuously maintain a large troop presence in this region.

In particular, the Islamic State’s positions near the strategic border-city of Albukamal has proven to be a major threat to the province’s security, as the terrorist group is within distance of attacking their former stronghold.

Should ISIS manage to cross the Euphrates River and launch another big attack on the city, they could wreck havoc on the other towns along the western bank of this water.

For the the Syrian military, this could be disastrous because the US-backed forces could sweep in after ISIS and take control of these towns.

Since the US and Russia have a non-aggression pact in this area, the SAA and SDF rely on ISIS to attack the other group in order for their forces to sweep in and take control of these areas.

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jmNZ
2018-05-05 19:35

This tiny pocket is on the eastern side of the Euphrates.
How come the Americans and their “coalition” haven’t managed to mop it up yet?
By contrast, the Syrians have managed to expunge ISIS and other well dug-in, hard-core jihadis from eastern and southern Damascus in a matter of days.

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Daeshbags Sux
2018-05-05 21:42
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Actually, both Yanks and Russians are on tight budget for different reasons : Yanks are deployed everywhere at once and highly in SE-Asia to pressure N-Korea while they repay $450bln a year in interests only on the cumulated gigantic military debt they have, their 800+ overseas military bases cost ’em $250bln, they have crazy need to replace worn out and/or outdated gear too. In fact, and I’m serious, they highly consider pulling-out of many stuff in the mid-east, but on their conditions as they don’t want to lose influence at the same time. Remember how Trump told Abe “we won’t… Read more »

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ranix
2018-05-06 09:24

the real problem is the yankees – in the guise of making sure the syrian coalition will not win – isis are their pathetic slaves