ISIS killed more than 41 fighters and commanders of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in a new series of attacks in the Euphrates Valley, the Syrian Observatory for Humans Rights (SOHR) reported on October 27.
“The fierce counter-attack, which coincided with the cessation of US-led coalition aerial operations … Allowed the group [ISIS] to advance and recapture wide areas of the towns of al-Susah and al-Baghuz [al-Fawqani],” the UK-based monitoring group said in its report.
In a statement released by its news agency, Amaq, ISIS confirmed that its fighters launched a large-scale attack on the SDF’s positions in al-Susah and al-Baghuz al-Fawqani. The terrorist group also revealed that its fighters attacked several other positions of US-backed forces around the towns of Hajin and al-Shaafah.
According to Amaq, ISIS fighters captured two personnel of the SDF during the attacks. Furthermore, a Humvee armored vehicle, a military bulldozer and loads of weapons were seized by the terrorist group.
These attacks revealed the weakness of the SDF, that appears to be unable to carry out any offensive of defensive operations without ф direct support from the US-led coalition.
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