The SDF warns that it is holding thousands of ISIS militants and supporters across northern Syria. There is now fear that the on-going Turkish operations, which forced the SDF to divert troops to the north, may give the militants an opportunity to escape.
With ISIS's territory entirely reclaimed in Syria, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have turned their attentions to destroying the last remaining sleeper cells belonging to the group in Deir ez-Zour.
Following the defeat of ISIS, the SDF have called for an international, "Hague-style" court system where ISIS militants can be tried. However, the move has so far gained little traction from international actors.
‘No heavy weapons were seen in the Syria buffer zone,’ said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.Despite the relatively speedy implementation of the accord’s first deadline, observers say a thornier task lies ahead.