The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the US-led coalition are preparing to launch a final attack on the remaining ISIS fighters in the middle Euphrates River Valley, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) revealed on January 12.
“More than 300 fully-equipped fighters, vehicles armed with heavy machine guns and 10 ambulances have reached the frontlines … An attack is being prepared by the SDF to achieve significant advance in the towns of al-Baghuz al-Fawqani and al-Susah,” the SOHR’s report reads.
As a part of the preparations for the upcoming attack, the SDF managed to evacuate more than 600 civilians, mostly women and children, from the ISIS-held pocket. The SOHR said than the US-backed group is now preparing to evacuate a second group of civilians.
In the last few weeks, thousands of civilians and terrorists fled the Euphrates Valley as the remaining positions of ISIS began collapsing. This posed a new challenge to the SDF that’s currently working to secure the civilians while preventing any terrorist from reaching the safe areas in northeastern Syria.