The two maps shared by U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday after he declared victory against the Islamic State. The 2019 map disregards the Islamic State presence in the Badiya Al-Sham region between the Homs and Deir Ezzor governorates.

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted two maps on Wednesday that showed the territory the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) held in both 2017 and 2019.

As shown in the two maps above, the Islamic State has been nearly wiped off the map in both Syria and Iraq; however, there are some errors that are evident.

For one, the Islamic State’s largest “residual presence” is barely highlighted on these maps.

The Islamic State has a major presence inside the Badiya Al-Sham region, which is a desert area located between the Deir Ezzor and Homs governorates of Syria.

The terrorist group’s pocket in the Badiya Al-Sham region is also besieged by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their allies.

Due to the large presence of caves and overall rough terrain, the Islamic State has been able to evade capture and carry out sporadic attacks along the highway between Palmyra (var. Tadmur) and Deir Ezzor.

Furthermore, these attacks have most often taken place in the mountains near the desert towns of Palmyra and Al-Sukhnah, which are not even highlighted on the map.

It is still not clear why this is not highlighted on the second map, but the fact of the matter is, the Islamic State still presents a great threat to the area.

In addition to the Badiya Al-Sham region, the Islamic State also maintains a presence near the Al-Safa Volcano in northeast Al-Sweida.

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Again, this is another area that is surrounded by the Syrian Arab Army and has no U.S. presence nearby.

Two weeks ago, a captured Islamic State member told the Syrian Army that some 200 terrorist combatants are still present around the Al-Safa Volcano; this came after they launched an attack on a village in Al-Sweida.

The Syrian Army and their allies have launched a new operation to clear these pockets; however, it is likely going to take a while to do so, as the Islamic State is deeply embedded in this region.

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Jens Holm
Jens Holm
2019-03-22 06:15

I partly agree with You, Several parts seemes highly in accurate. I am sure ISIS as well as others has regained being militartary defeated or being in Idlib by bus now. But I also know, that numbers from SAA and Assads too often is higly incorrect and are based on, their troops are highly ineffective. I also see the reasosn for the regainings. Thats insisting in the way Idlib is done and not done. Parts of those troops should be fx where we see its needed and by that taking those small groups before they make a lot of damage… Read more »

2019-03-23 00:51

Classic French Foreign Legion strategy needed here, don’t look further, it always worked great in such context.

2019-03-22 21:34

Asad did not see jihadists in England and France. ISIS is now wandering across Europe and is considering killing Assad.Assad in the big bed with Chirac Jacques.http://www.syrianhistory.com/en/photos/3684
The woman did not have breast, and she got breast cancer. Probably for AIDS. It’s difficult if the husband is gay.

2019-03-23 00:48
Reply to  Pink

You obviously caught the mental-AIDS…