BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:25 A.M.) – This summer has been incredibly rough for the Islamic State (ISIL) in Iraq and Syria, as both Mosul and Raqqa are set to fall to the Iraqi Army and Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the coming days.
With some small pockets in northwest Nineveh and approximately a 100km long stretch of highway near the Euphrates River, the Islamic State’s forces will likely fall back to the border-city of Al-Qa’im, where they will attempt make their last stand in Iraq.
Meanwhile, in Syria, the Islamic State is on the verge of losing Raqqa City and several important villages in the eastern countrysides of the Hama and Homs governorates.
According to a Syrian Army source in Deir Ezzor, the military has seen a large influx of Islamic State militants to this eastern province following the terrorist group’s setbacks in Mosul and Raqqa.
As a result of this influx in Islamic State fighters in Deir Ezzor, the Syrian and Russian air forces have increased their activity over this province in order to weaken their resolve.
In addition to Russian and Syrian airstrikes, the U.S. Coalition has also increased their air activity over the Deir Ezzor Governorate, with their warplanes mostly concentrating on the border-city of Albukamal.
Since ISIL will no longer control a large portion of land in both Syria and Iraq come August, the terrorist group will have to consolidate their defenses in Deir Ezzor, as they will find themselves wedged between several forces from all sides.