On Saturday, (9th February) the US backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) started an assault against the final Islamic State territory in eastern Syria. The forces are hopeful over the fact that they would be able to destroy the last remnant of the jihadist group’s ‘caliphate’ in the SDF’s area of operations.
US President Donald Trump, who is planning to withdraw the U.S. forces from Syria, stated on Wednesday that he is awaiting a proclamation as early as next week that the U.S.-led coalition functioning in order to support the SDF in order to recover all fragment of land that as earlier held by the jihadist group.
The territorial dominion is close to the Iraqi border and consists of two villages, although Islamic State (IS) also maintains some territory in the part of Syria that is largely under the control of the Russian- and Iranian-backed Syrian government.
Mustafa Bali, SDF official informed reporters that the attack as “the last confrontation”. He even wrote on Twitter that the assault had begun and the enclave would be eliminated soon. The SDF had managed the last 10 days calmly as over 20,000 civilians were removed from the beleaguered IS enclave.
Senior SDF official Redur Xelil told reporters that the force wishes to reclaim the area by the end of February, but warned that IS would continue to put forward a great and serious security threat.
In 2014, Islamic State revised the map of the Middle East when it announces a caliphate across large areas of Syria and Iraq. However, the group firmly lost its ground and its two main possessions – the Syrian city of Raqqa and Iraq’s Mosul – fell in 2017.
Two U.S. security sources stated that the U.S. government’s top experts strongly thinks IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is still alive and might be hiding in Iraq.
Headed by the Kurdish YPG militia, the SDF has been the potential U.S. partner in Syria and has forced the Islamic State out of a strip of the north and east over the last four years.
A top U.S. general stated that the group would pose a long-standing threat after the U.S. pullout their forces, as it is having their leaders, fighters, facilitators and resources that would trigger a menacing rebellion.