On January 18, ISIS fighters launched another attack on the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the town of Gharanij in southeastern Deir Ezzor, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). The SOHR said that two VBIEDs of ISIS targeted the SDF positions inside Gharanij during the attack.
The ISIS-linked news agency Amaq also reported that ISIS fighters targeted a gathering of SDF fighters and destroyed a Humvee vehicle of the US-backed force around Gharanij town with an anti-tank guided missile.
ISIS fighters also targeted several positions of the SDF inside Gharanij with a SPG-9 recoilless rifle and clashed with the US-backed force inside al-Bahrah, according to the ISIS-linked news agency.
According to SOHR, ISIS still controls the villages of Abu Hassan, al-Bubadran, al-Baghuz, al-Susah and al-Shaafah as well as large parts of Hajin, Gharanij and al-Bahra on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River.
Local sources say that the failure of the SDF attack on the last positions of ISIS in the southeastern Deir Ezzor countryside has forced thousands of civilians to flee the area.