More than 300 ISIS fighters and commanders, who are currently trapped within a 600m2 pocket in the middle Euphrates River Valley, are refusing to surrender to the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) revealed on February 17.
It remains unclear why these terrorists are still refusing to hand themselves over to the SDF despite the alleged secret agreement with the US-led coalition. The SOHR confirmed that ISIS released 10 captives of US-backed forces in the last few hours under the agreement.
“They [the US-led coalition and the SDF] are pressuring the remaining 300 members of the group [ISIS] in order to force them to surrender,” the UK-based monitoring group said.
The secret agreement between the US-led coalition and ISIS was confirmed by several sources, including the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), which revealed that the agreement has allowed the coalition to take over more than 40 tons of stolen gold from the terrorist group.
The SDF is yet to announce the full defeat of ISIS in the Euphrates Valley. However, the area surrounding the terrorist group’s pocket is not witnessing any clashes.