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- Aug 24, 2019
- 8 min
Analysis: The SDF's Deir Ezzor challenge
By WLADIMIR VAN WILGENBURG Text and photos by Wladimir Van Wilgenburg ISIS lost its final stronghold in Baghuz in the province of Deir Ezzor in March 2019 at in Syria “maintains some support among Sunni Arabs along the Euphrates River and other Arab-majority areas due to tribal affiliations.” Furthermore according to a recent UN report, there are an estimated 800 ISIS fighters in the area east of the Euphrates. The SDF acknowledges in private meetings that it’s difficult to c