On November 22, ISIS fighters in the middle Euphrates River Valley launched a large offensive on positions of the US-led coalition and its proxy, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), around the al-Tanak oil field in the southeastern Deir Ezzor countryside, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).
The UK-based monitoring group said that ISIS was planning to reach the oil field and attack a base of the US-led coalition there. The terrorist group’s fighters managed to penetrate the SDF’s first line of defense around the field after targeting it with two suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (SVBIEDs). However, SDF fighters in the second line of defense, backed by coalition warplanes, managed to defend their positions.
“US-led coalition warplanes began conducting intense airstrikes on positions and gatherings of ISIS around al-Tanak oil field … The air strikes continued until 8 am today,” the SOHR said in its report.
The SDF has not commented on the SOHR’s report so far. However, the ISIS-linked news agency released several photos of the terrorist group’s fighters attacking positions of US-backed forces in the southeastern Deir Ezzor countryside.
The new attack once again confirms that ISIS is still capable of carrying out effective defensive and offensive operations against US-backed forces in the Euphrates Valley.
Photos of the ISIS attack: