The US-led coalition announced on January 19 that its warplanes had killed 200 ISIS fighters and commanders in the middle Euphrates River Valley last week.
“Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve continued supporting partner forces with precision air strikes and coordinated fires to degrade ISIS capabilities as well as building partner capability in the fight against ISIS in the Middle Euphrates River Valley, Syria, and Iraq, between Jan. 7 – 13, 2019,” an official statement of the coalition reads.
The coalition also confirmed that its local proxy, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), liberated the towns of al-Kashmah, Sirat Masoud, and al-Shafah earlier this month.
Meanwhile, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that US-backed forces are still trying to advance inside the last ISIS strongholds in the Euphrates Valley. According to the UK-based group, the terrorist group is now controlling less than 15 square kilometers.
Many observers believe that the remaining ISIS defense will collapse in the upcoming few days because the terrorist group had lost most of its resources.