On August 30, US-led coalition warplanes carried out a series of airstrikes on several ISIS positions on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River, including the area of the al-Azraq oil field in the southeastern Deir Ezzor countryside, according to the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (SOHR).
A day earlier, several ISIS fighters attacked positions of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) around the al-Azraq oil field. However, SDF fighters, backed by US-led coalition warplanes, repelled the attack.
According to the SOHR, the US-led coalition and the SDF deployed several units around the ISIS-held pocket on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River over the last few days. Most of the units were stationed east of the town of Hajin, which is the last major stronghold of the terrorist group in Syria.
These developments indicate that the US-led coalition and the SDF are planning to launch their offensive on ISIS there in upcoming few weeks. Local observers believe that US-backed forces will face a notable resistance from the remaining members of the terrorist group if they get no open corridor to withdraw this time.