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SDF leader: 'Good news' regarding ISIS to come soon

By Rudaw 16/2/2019
Ciya Firat, center, speaks to reporters in Deir ez-Zor province on February 16, 2019. Photo: ANHA
Ciya Firat, center, speaks to reporters in Deir ez-Zor province on February 16, 2019. Photo: ANHA

DEIR EZ-ZOR, Syria — The final ISIS holdout east of the Euphrates in Syria is under siege and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) say they will soon announce "good news."


The SDF has besieged ISIS in a 600-700 square-meter area near al-Baghouz, the US-led international coalition anti-ISIS forces said on Saturday.


Chiya Firat, the leader of the SDF's Jazira Storm operation, said at a press conference in Deir ez-Zor that ISIS was using human shields.

 

"The civilians shall not be killed. We have rescued ten of our captives while a number of them are still in the hands of Daesh," said Chiya, referring to ISIS.

US President Donald Trump said on Friday a declaration of the defeat of ISIS in Syria could come within 24 hours.

 

US Vice President Mike Pence spoke about the "decimation of the caliphate" at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday.

"At this very hour, along the Euphrates River, the last mile of territory where the black flag of ISIS once flew is being captured," he said.


Firat claimed ISIS is using human shields resulting in a slower liberation process.

 

State-run Voice of America reported that the coalition is reducing air strikes in an effort to protect civilians.

 

Top US generals are increasingly speaking out and saying a declaration of the defeat of ISIS would be premature.

 

The group has shown the ability to carry out bombings and other attacks in liberated areas of Iraq and Syria.

 

This is a developing story... Update: 1:46 p.m.

Comments

 
TN | 16/2/2019
ISIS is a political movement based on an ugly ideology, the territory they briefly controlled is now taken back but most of the intelegence agencies say that the organization, most of it's leadership, and most of it's followers (which are in the tens of thousends) are regrouping in places like central Iraq. Is this defeat?
pre-Boomer Marine brat | 16/2/2019
A nation-state is defeated by capturing its territory ... An ideology (Caliphate-seeking, kaffir-killing Jihad is precisely that) can only be defeated by radical and global discrediting of its underlying assumptions ... Those who mistake the two are buying themselves a hammering in the history books (and possibly one in the near future, too.)
Guest2002 | 17/2/2019
We are proud of those who fought jihadis and did not run away. Bring down the last flag of ISIS and bury them forever. Biji YPG/YPJ
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