BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The Syrian military is preparing to storm the eastern region of the Euphrates River Valley, the National Defense Forces (NDF) reported on Saturday morning.

According to the report from the National Defense Forces, their troops just completed training for the upcoming battle east of the Euphrates, adding that at least 500 of their soldiers participated in these exercises.

The National Defense Forces (NDF) complete their training exercises for a new operation east of the Euphrates. Photo credit: National Defense Forces

The NDF did not specify who they were fighting east of the Euphrates, as there are currently troops from the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) positioned in this region.

For weeks, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the NDF have been amassing their troops in the Euphrates River Valley; however, it was believed these troops would be concentrated in the western countryside of Deir Ezzor.

Once the Islamic State is defeated east of the Euphrates, the terrorist group will only have one pocket left in Syria; this is located in the Badiya Al-Sham region of western Deir Ezzor and eastern Homs.

This Islamic State pocket is located in a vast desert region that is surrounded by the Syrian Arab Army and their allies.

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