On Friday, the self-proclaimed caliphate of the Islamic State was reduced to just a couple of border towns in the Iraq-Syria border. Thousands of fighters of ISIS might be holding out at these towns after they lost most of their territory in both of the countries. The local forces in Syria and Iraq along with the support of the regional states and global powers seem to have gained victory over ISIS that took control of almost a third of both the countries in 2014 and tried to rule millions of people living there.
The Syrian government forced declared their victory in Deir al-Zor after getting it back from the militants. The major city of Iraq was the last city where ISIS had some presence. In Iraq, the government got back the last border post with Syria and also entered the town of al-Qaim where the militants had a presence. Over the past months, the US-led coalition has been fighting against the Islamic State and supporting the ground allies. It has resulted in their victory now with just a few thousand fighters of ISIS left that are holed up in towns of al-Qaim and Albu Kamal in Syria.
US Colonel Ryan Dillon said that they expect the remaining fighters to try and flee the towns and they would do everything they can to catch them. He added that there might be around 1,500 to 2,500 fighters in al-Qaim and about 2,000-3,000 in Alby Kamal. But, both governments are worried that the fighters might be able to conduct guerrilla attacks since they do not have any territory that they need to defend at the moment. It means that the IS threats are far from over at the moment.
The government forces are planning a final showdown in Albu Kamal and have set their army about 25 miles from the border of the town. Once the town had been defeated, the Daesh will be non-existent. There will be no headquarters left or any leadership that other militants will be able to look up to. The batter of Albu Kamal would not be too fierce since the fighters are surrendering themselves on their own. While many would be fighting till the end, they will have no other place to go. Iraq has been continuing their last campaign to get ISIS militants out of their country and also hold an independence referendum against the Kurds in the north.