The terrorist group has been rapidly losing territory over the last two years under pressure from Russian and Syrian forces, as well as the US and its allies. It also allegedly faces internal disputes, with some of the group’s fighters having attempted to kill Daesh* leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, according to The Guardian.
Despite the Daesh* terrorist group’s territory in Syria continuing to shrink, many of its members are refusing to give up and clinging to the remaining sliver of land that they have under their control. Many of the hard-core Daesh* members who have decided to stay to make a last stand are foreign fighters, who went to Syria and Iraq in 2014-2016, with up to 50 of them being British citizens, the Daily Star reported.
US-Backed SDF Launches Op to Clear Last Daesh-Held Pockets in Syria — Reports
The British newspaper further wrote, citing sources in the YPG [Kurdish People’s Protection Units], that a total of around 500 high-ranking Daesh* militants remain in Deir ez-Zor to pick up the fight with Kurdish and Syrian forces. According to the estimates of several YPG fighters, clearing the territory of Daesh* remnants could take from several days up to several weeks to carry out.
“The time to negotiate and play around with these terrorists is over. They need to give up or they die”, an anonymous YPG commander reportedly said.
However, the mop-up operations are complicated by citizens fleeing from areas occupied…