Northeast Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) suffered a devastating defeat at the hands of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the Euphrates River Valley last week.

Backed by the U.S. Coalition, the Syrian Democratic Forces were able to finally crack the Islamic State’s last line of defense at the Baghouz Camp, forcing the latter to ultimately surrender their positions.

While some Islamic State fighters managed to take refuge in the Baghouz Mountain, the remaining militants surrendered themselves to the Syrian Democratic Forces.

Some clashes between the Syrian Democratic Forces and Islamic State are still ongoing at the Baghouz Mountain; however, the terrorist group is greatly outnumbered and lacks the provisions needed to hold out for a long period of time.

The Islamic State does still control some territory in the Badiya Al-Sham region between the Homs and Deir Ezzor governorates, but this area is surrounded by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their allies; it has no U.S. military presence.

With the military campaign in the eastern part of the Euphrates region essentially complete, the Syrian Democratic Forces will now shift their attention to the northern part of the country, where they will strengthen their lines near the Turkish border.

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Gustavo Lopez Velazquez

The partition of Syria now looks clearer.