ISIS car bomb killed eight SDF soldiers in eastern Deir Ezzor
ISIS terrorists launched counter attack on the US-backed forces in eastern Deir Ezzor province Friday, leaving 8 fighters killed, local activist told Zaman al-Wasl.
The surprise attack began with a car bomb near the town of al-Hajeen. Three fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces were held captive, according to Deir Ezzor-based media activist Taj al-Allow.
In its turn, the International Coalition launched 8 airstrikes on Daesh pockets in the eastern bank of Euphrates River.
Since Tuesday, clashes have intensified between the SDF and Daesh as the YPG-led fighters press to uproot the militants from their last pockets near the Iraqi border.
The fighting near the strategic Bagouz area, key Daesh stronghold in the eastern bank of Euphrates River.
The SDF seized control of the villages of al-Shajlah and Mouzan near the embattled village of Bagouz.
At least 25 SDF fighters were killed in Daesh attacks on their checkpoints in two weeks. The SDF has also killed at least 40 Daesh militants.
On Wednesday, two US Army soldiers killed along with SDF forces in a car bomb attack in the town of Granij.
Daesh car bomb rocked a joint military patrol, al-Allow said.
Three civilians were also killed in Daesh rocket attack on the SDF-held town of al-Ja’abi.
The Kurdish-led forces have been among the most effective in the fight against Daesh in Syria, forcing them out of much of the country’s east.
Despite losing most of the territory it held between Iraq and Syria since its peak in 2014, Daesh remains a disruptive force in both countries.