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.