In the morning of January 30, security forces of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) arrested many members of ISIS during a series of raids in the town of Abu Hamam in the eastern Deir Ezzor countryside.
Abu Hamam was liberated from ISIS in January, 2018. The strategic town is located more than 40km north of the terrorist group’s last positions in the middle Euphrates River Valley.
The local Euphrates Post outlet revealed that the detainees included two Syrian fighters of ISIS, from the northern city of Jarabulus, and 16 foreign women. These women are likely wives of ISIS fighters.
The remaining ISIS fighters in the Euphrates Valley are currently trying to flee to the safe areas in northeastern Syria, where they can operate as terrorist cells or pay smugglers to get them to Turkey.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), US-backed forces have captured 2,970 terrorists since last December. The number will likely raise in the upcoming few days as the SDF continue to advance in the Euphrates Valley.