The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are currently negotiating with ISIS to determine the fate of the remaining terrorist group’s militants in the middle Euphrates River Valley, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on January 31.
According to the UK-based pro-opposition monitoring group, ISIS is trying to find a safe haven for its fighters. However, the SDF and the US-led coalition are rejecting all of its suggestions.
“The frequency of the military operations against the last enclave of the Islamic State organization in eastern Euphrates has decreased,” the SOHR’s report reads.
Despite this, the deal has not been reached yet. The SOHR said that the evacuation of civilians and former militants from the ISIS-held pocket will continue. New groups of people are expected to leave the pocket in the upcoming hours.
Earlier, a spokesman for the SDF, Mustafa Bali, told the Rojava Network that the battle against ISIS in the Euphrates Valley will end within a few days. He also confirmed that large numbers of the terrorist group’s fighters are surrendering.
The SDF and the US-led coalition are likely pressuring the remaining ISIS members to surrender, especially that many of them are senior commanders in the terrorist group.