On November 4, the Abkhazian Network News Agency (ANNA) reported that ISIS fighters who were trapped in Kati’ Island north of Deir Ezzor city are trying to escape through an area controlled by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) or in boats through Euphrates river.
ANNA added that some ISIS fighters are trying to reach ISIS-held areas to continue fighting while others are trying to flee Syria. So far the SAA has blocked many ISIS fighters from escaping, according to ANNA.
Meanwhile, Syrian local sources from al-Bukamal city reported that the ISIS command in the city collapsed. According to the sources, ISIS fighters, mainly foreign fighters, are now looting everything they can get their hands on in the city.
ISIS commanders and fighters are trying to collect money in any possible way to pay for Kurdish smugglers who could get them to Turkey through the SDF-held area.
According to reports, a part of ISIS members from the Iraqi city of al-Qaim also fled to al-Bukamal recently. Al-Qaim was liberated by Iraqi forces on November 3.
On November 1, local activists from al-Bukamal reported that ISIS fighters robbed a money transfer office in the city and held the office employees as hostages. ISIS security forces – known as Hisbah – ully collapsed and didn’t excite anymore according to the source.
Back on November 3, the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in al-Bab city arrested Mohamad al-Daher “Abu Mousab”, a former commander of ISIS in Raqqa. This incident proves that ISIS commanders and fighters are on the run towards Turkey as the local sources claimed.
Furthermore, the FSA in the US-led coalition base in al-Tanaf area near the Syrian-Iraqi border announced that they arrested 5 ISIS fighters near the base on November 4. ISIS fighters were apparently trying to escape towards Jordan.
There is a good possibility that a large number of ISIS commanders and fighters have left Syria and Iraq recently. A big part of these commanders and fighters will likely try to find a new foothold for their “Caliphate” in African countries like Egypt, Libya and Somalia or southern Asian country like Malaysia and Philippines.
Some of these fighters might also work to establish new ISIS cells inside Europe to conduct terrorist attack inside it, and recruit new fighters.
However, when it comes to the ISIS heartland in Syria and Iraq, it appears that the terrorist organization that once shocked the world, is now witnessing its very last days.