Following more than four months of clashes, the remaining ISIS positions in the middle Euphrates River Valley in eastern Syria have finally collapsed.
According to Kurdish sources, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) liberated the towns of al-Baghuz al-Fawqani and Shajlah on January 23. The remaining terrorists are currently besieged inside the very last positions of ISIS in the town of Murashida, which is currently under attack.
Prior to this, more than 5100 people fled the ISIS-held pocket in the Euphrates Valley. 500 fighters of ISIS who opted to surrender instead of fighting until death were among them. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said that more civilians and terrorists are fleeing to the areas every hour.
Despite this, the battle to liberate Murashida may take several days because the remaining terrorists there are clearly planning to fight until the end. The US-led coalition will likely step up its airstrikes on the town in order to prevent any counter-attacks.