On January 13, ISIS fighters recaptured several positions from the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) east of the village of al-Buqa’n in the southeastern Deir Ezzor countryside, according to the ISIS linked news agency Amaq.
The media outlet added that ISIS fighters killed two fighters of the SDF and injured three others during their attack east of al-Buqa’n.
Moreover, Amaq reported that ISIS fighters destroyed a BMP-1 and a Humvee of the SDF east of al-Buqa’n with ATGMs killing or injuring several SDF fighters who were inside the vehicles.
ISIS also attacked a key position of the SDF around Gharanij town in the southeastern Deir Ezzor countryside with two VBIEDs according to Amaq. The ISIS-linked news agency claimed that over thirty SDF fighters were killed or injured in the VBIEDs attacks.
From its side the US-led coalition stepped up its operations against ISIS in southeastern Deir Ezzor and shelled several positions of the terrorist group with the HIMARS multiple rocket launcher system, according to the video circulating online.
So far the SDF has failed to secure or capture the towns of Gharanij and Hajin due to the fierce resistance of ISIS there. The terrorist group appears to be willing to defend their last strong points in the Euphrates Valley.