BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:40 P.M.) – The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are currently involved in a fierce battle for the Islamic State’s (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) last Euphrates enclave.
Backed by heavy artillery and airstrikes from their Coalition partners, the Syrian Democratic Forces have intensified their assault against the remaining Islamic State fighters near the town of Baghouz.
However, despite the increased pressure on the Islamic State fighters in the eastern Euphrates, the Syrian Democratic Forces have been unable to make any significant progress as of yet.
With an estimated 1,000 Islamic State fighters still inside this Euphrates enclave, it is highly unlikely that they are going to yield any ground without inflicting as much damage on the attacking Syrian Democratic Forces.
Also slowing down the SDF’s progress is the estimated 5,000 people that are believed to be still inside the Islamic State’s small Euphrates pocket.
The Syrian Democratic Forces are attempting to capture the Islamic State’s Euphrates enclave while avoiding civilian casualties.
Despite repeated calls by the Syrian Democratic Forces to allow the civilians to seek safety away from the battlefield, the Islamic State has mostly ignored their pleas and rejected all offers to surrender.