U.S.-backed Syrian fighters announced the resuming of their ground offensive against the Islamic State terrorist group in the last territories under the extremists control in eastern Syria.
The Syrian Democratic Forces in late October it was temporarily suspending its campaign against IS in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour, accusing Turkey of jeopardizing its efforts. The new efforts by the SDF have been termed as the final efforts to defeat Daesh in the country completely.
Despite the cessation of ground operations, the U.S.-led coalition continued with its airstrikes against the extremist group. A spike in attacks has been observed since the cessation of ground efforts and as such the resuming of the offensive is important in rooting out the militants from their remaining strongholds.
The ground offensive is aimed at reducing the movement of Daesh insurgents back into liberated areas seeing as recent intelligence indicate that the group could have sleeper cells and as such aerial and ground offensive will ensure the overall defeat of the group in Syria.