On August 22, warplanes of the US-led coalition conducted airstrikes on several ISIS positions in the town of al-Baghuz on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River, in the southeastern Deir Ezzor countryside, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).
The UK-based monitoring group also revealed that the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) reinforced its positions around ISIS’ pocket on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River over the last few days. The US-led coalition also deployed heavy weapons in the area.
Local observers believe that more than 1,000 ISIS fighters and commanders are currently hiding on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River. Earlier this year, these highly experienced terrorists managed to repel two attacks of US-backed forces.
The US-led coalition and the SDF are preparing to launch a large-scale military operation to eliminate ISIS’ pocket, according to various sources. The operation will mainly target the town of Hajin, the last stronghold of the terrorist group in Syria.