U.S.-backed forces launch last battle to defeat ISIS
Almost six months after it began the last battle against the last ISIS enclave near the Euphrates River began on March 1. ISIS is confined to a tiny area of tents and buildings. The Syrian Democratic Forces and the US-led Coalition expect the battle to end in several days.
The SDF and coalition launched a major operation to defeat ISIS in a small area along the Euphrates in September 2018. It has been a difficult campaign against the hard core of ISIS supporters. In addition, sand storms and weather slowed the advance last fall. Political considerations, including a Turkish threat to launch operations against the SDF in northern Syria in October, also caused the operation to stop.