The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Although they have been besieged by Russia, Iran, and the regime for two years, thousands of ISIS members are still within an area of 4000 km² without any intention to launch a military operation against them

At the time when the presence of the “Islamic State” Organization ended as a dominant force on a geographical spot on the east banks of Euphrates River; thousands of members are still spread over an area of about 4000 km² stretching from the nature reserve of Jabal Abu Rjameen north of Palmyra which includes trees within it, until the north of al-Sokhna and the western administrative border of Deir Ezzor province, these thousands of members are still trapped since 2017 by the regime forces, the Russian forces, and the Iranian forces there, without any military operation to eliminate them despite being surrounded, on the contrary; members of the Organization there are initiating occasional surprise attacks against sites of the regime forces and the militiamen loyal to them and Russia, where the Syrian Observatory published on the 14th of February 2019 that a violent explosion was heard in the eastern desert of Homs, it turned out that it was caused by an explosion near Owayrid Dam area, which injured 2 members of the regime forces, and it is believed that the Organization targeted them by planting mines in areas where the regime forces and their allies pass in the area, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published on the 10th of February 2019 that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored targeting operations against the pro-regime people in the Syrian desert, near to the largest remaining enclave of the “Islamic State” Organization inside the Syrian territory, which is about 4000 km², where the Syrian Observatory monitoring targeting a car carrying members of the reconciliation committees and members of the regime’s NDF, where intersected sources confirmed that the targeting process was carried out by the “Islamic State” Organization, which exist strongly and in large numbers in the largest remaining pocket west of Euphrates River, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that the targeting that took place in the last 24 hours caused the killing of 3 NDF members and injured others with varying severity, including one of the officials of the “reconciliation” file in al-Sukhnah area, while the targeting took place near al-Qlea’ area in northern desert of al-Sokhna.

The Syrian Observatory published on the 8th of February 2019 that an area in the vicinity of Tlul al-Safa on the administrative border between the provinces of Rif Dimashq and al-Suwaidaa, witnessed during the past 24 hours a clash the second of its kind within 10 days, between gunmen believed to be cells of the “Islamic State” Organization against the regime forces who are deployed in the area, against the background of an attempt to infiltrate by the first mentioned into sites of the last mentioned, which caused the killing of 4 members of the organization and one of whom was beheaded by members of the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them, where cells of the Organization are still spread in several areas of Tlul al-Safa, in addition to information about their presence in the rugged areas of al-Karaa area in the northeastern countryside al-Suwaidaa, and the Syrian Observatory published at the beginning of February 2019 that  the regime forces targeted a vehicle of the “Islamic State” organization in Al-Sukhnah Desert in the eastern sector of Homs countryside, where the targeting resulted in the killing of 7 ISIS members, who were in the vehicle, where the “Islamic State” organization is still present in an enclave with an area of about 4000 square km, stretching from the north of Al-Sukhnah to Deir Ezzor Desert, and this is the largest and last  enclave remained for the organization in the west of the Euphrates River.