According to the sources, several ISIS commanders fled the besieged cities of Mosul and Raqqa in the last few months and headed to Al-Mayadeen which is entirely under the control of the terrorist organization. They are using the city as a HQ for planning terrorist operations in western countries.
According to US officials, the US-led coalition is aware of the presence of these commanders in Al-Mayadeen city, and that’s why the US-led coalition recently stepped up air strikes on ISIS positions in Al-Mayadeen.
Col. Ryan Dillon, spokesman for the US-led coalition said “if we find them and know where they are, we will strike them.”
The Deir Ezzor province is the safe haven for terrorists from Syria and Iraq. Large numbers of ISIS fighters fled from Iraq to the countryside of Deir Ezzor. Furthermore, A major part of the ISIS fighters, who were deployed in Aleppo eastern countryside, Raqqa and Palmyra, withdrew to it. ISIS is believed to have nearly 10,000 fighters in Deir Ezzor province currently.