BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) – The fight for the Deir Ezzor province is currently one of the most intense battles taking place across Syria at this time and due to the Islamic State’s (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) refusal to surrender, it is also proving to be the deadliest.
Over the last week, Daesh has launched several attacks in the Deir Ezzor Governorate as they take advantage of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) thin lines near the Iraqi border.
According to local activists in Deir Ezzor, Daesh has managed to seize several towns from the Syrian Democratic Forces, including Al-Sousah and Baghouz Fouqani.
With Baghouz Fouqani under their control, Daesh is now working to capture the strategic mountain that overlooks the Iraqi border.
If the Baghouz Mountain does fall in the coming hours or days, the Syrian Democratic Forces will have effectively lost most of the territory they captured from Daesh over the last three months.
For the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) across the Euphrates, this could be a blessing in disguise for them as they could take the opportunity to cross the river and retake these areas the SDF lost to Daesh.
This is a serious possibility due to the fact that most of the lost territory is located near the key border-city of Albukamal, which is currently under the control of the Syrian Arab Army.