After losing control of the city of Deir ez-Zor, Isis fighters have retreated towards the Euphrates river

After losing their stranglehold on Deir ez-Zor and being pushed further from their stronghold of Raqqa, Islamic State fighters have retreated towards the Euphrates river to prepare for what some senior leaders are now billing as a last stand in eastern Syria.

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