October 04, 2017

Mapped: The Last Islamic State Stronghold in Syria

By Nicholas Heras

Source: Foreign Policy

Journalist(s) Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian

The Islamic State has been losing ground in Syria for more than a year. United States-backed Syrian rebel forces have laid siege to the militant group’s de facto capital of Raqqa and now control most of the city; it’s expected to fall within days or weeks.

But the fight to liberate Syria from the Islamic State is far from over. A final stronghold remains in the east — the vast tribal region of Deir Ezzor, a remote swath of territory near the border with Iraq.

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  • Nicholas Heras

    Fellow, Middle East Security Program

    Nicholas A. Heras is a Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), working in the Middle East Security Program. He is also a Senior Analyst at the Jamestown Found...