BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:35 A.M.) – A group of Islamic State (IS) terrorists still occupying a small part of Kati Island near Deir Ezzor City have requested to be transferred to the Idlib Governorate, a Syrian military source told Al-Masdar News.
Following the capture of more than 250 terrorists by the Syrian Amy on Kati Island earlier this month, the remaining Islamic State militants and their families have offered to surrender their last areas in exchange for safe passage to the Idlib Governorate.
The Islamic State’s last pockets in Deir Ezzor are shrinking by the day and the only areas in Syria where their fighters are able to find temporary refuge is in some parts of Idlib.
Prior to their expulsion from the Idlib and Hama governorates, Liwaa Al-Aqsa (previously Jund Al-Aqsa) was one of the rebel groups that was not hostile to the Islamic State; however, it is unclear how the latter would be received if their fighters and families moved to this province.
The Islamic State has already tried to build a presence in the Idlib Governorate and have managed to capture several small towns along the Idlib-Hama axis, but it is nothing more than a small pocket between the front-lines of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and the Syrian Arab Army.