ISIS terrorists have launched a counter-attack against the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the northern Deir Ezzor countryside in attempt to push US-backed from Dier Ezzor city.
ISIS attacked the SDF at multiple points and the Deir Ezzor-Abu Khasab and Deir Ezzor-Hasakah highways, including the Deir Ezzor industrial zone.
According to the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq, ISIS members killed 7 SDF members and destroyed a SDF vehicle in direct clashes. ISIS also conducted two suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED) attacks: one at the Hasakah-Deir Ezzor highway and another one at the the Deir Ezzor-Abu Khasab highway. Some 27 SDF members were allegedly killed or wounded in the SVBIED attack at the Hasakah-Deir Ezzor highway.
Earlier, pro-Kurdish sources claimed that the SDF made notable gains in the northern Deir Ezzor countryside and captured the Deir Ezzor industrial zone, the 113th Air Defense Base, Bi’r Hisyan and some nearby points. With these advances the SDF reportedly deployed in less than 10 km from Deir Ezzor city.
The ISIS announcement of the counter-attack in these areas confirmed the SDF gains despite a lack of their video and photo confirmations.