At the early hours of January 10, remaining ISIS fighters in the middle Euphrates River Valley launched a new counter attack in the region and recaptured several positions in the southern part of the town of al-Shaafah, which was supposedly liberated by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) a day earlier.
Following the successful counter-attack, the terrorist group requested an evacuating agreement. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said that ISIS wanted the US-led coalition and the SDF to allow its fighters to withdraw to a desert in western Iraq.
However, the coalition rejected ISIS’ proposal and told the terrorist group’s fighters that have two options only “surrender or die.” According to the SOHR, this is the first time the group made such a demand.
US-backed forces will likely recapture all the positions they lost inside al-Shaafah within a few hours because ISIS is collapsing. In the last few weeks, hundreds of fighters of the terrorist group run away from the battle to the SDF-held area.