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ISIS announces forced enlistment after losses in Syria

Facing continued airstrikes in western Syria’s Deir ez-Zor and with of its several leaders who directed external attacks being announced killed, the ISIS group has turned to forced conscription of locals.

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In a statement distributed in Deir ez-Zor province that borders Iraq, ISIS called on all men between 20 and 30 who are able to fight to head to mobilization offices within a week.

The statement, obtained by The Associated Press from activists in eastern Syria, warns that those who do not join will be undergo questioning and possibly be punished.

The Syrian army backed by Russia’s airforce in the region is closing in on the terrorist group, striking ISIS defenses in an effort to eradicate militant positions in Deir Ezzor.

Meanwhile, the US-led coalition reported numerous ISIS leaders being killed near the Deir ez-Zor province, where the middle Euphrates River Valley stretches from the Albu Kamal-Al Qaim border crossing with Iraq northwest to Mayadin and then to Deir ez-Zor city.

Additionally in the province, Abu Futtum, an ISIS explosives specialist, and one associate were killed in an airstrike July 13 near Mayadin.

In addition to targeting ISIS leaders, there was a report on Tuesday of the US-led coalition striking a chemical weapons factory in the province.

Along with its geographic significance, Deir ez-Zor has many oil wells and the city has an air field that Syrian government forces supported by Russia have defended against ISIS attacks.

Earlier today, the Syrian army cutoff an important Islamic State supply line to the village of Thardeh in the Deir Ezzor Governorate’s southwestern countryside, a recent military report stated.

According to a report, the Syrian Arab Army managed to capture one square kilometer of territory around the Deir Ezzor Cemetery, Thursday, following a fierce battle with the Islamic State forces in western Deir Ezzor.

Breaking news from global agencies and outlets by GEOPOLMonitor's team of writers.

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