Two U.S army soldiers are killed in ISIS car bomb attack
Two US Army soldiers killed along with three Kurdish-led forces in a car bomb attack in the town of Granij in the eastern Deir Ezzor province, activists said Wednesday.
Daesh car bomb rocked a joint military convoy for the US Army and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), according to activist Taj al-Allow.
Three civilians were also killed in Daesh rocket attack on the SDF-held town of al-Ja’abi.
In retaliation, the International Coalition launched heavy airstrikes on the Daesh pockets
Since Tuesday, clashes have intensified between the SDF and Daesh in eastern Deir Ezzor province as the YPG-led fighters press to uproot the militants from their last pockets near the Iraqi border.
The fighting took place in the village of al-Safafneh near the strategic Bagouz area, key Daesh stronghold in the eastern bank of Euphrates River.
The SDF seized control of al-Shajlah village last week and half of the village of Bagouz.
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.
At least 16 SDF fighters were killed in Daesh attacks on their checkpoints in eastern Deir Ezzor province in two weeks. In its turn, the SDF has killed at least 40 Daesh militants.
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. Its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, urged his followers to “persevere” in an audiotape attributed to him last month.
Daesh territory came also under missile attack by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on Monday who struck its headquarters in retaliation for an attack that killed 24 people in the Iranian city of Ahvaz.
The Guards released pictures of what appeared to be missiles lighting up the night sky, leaving trails of smoke as they soared above a desert region with a rugged mountain in the background.
The missiles hit the desert border town of Albu Kamal at the Iraqi border.