ISIS fighters in the Euphrates Valley took advantage of a powerful storm that hit the region on October 25 and launched two attacks on several positions of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
During the first attack, ISIS fighters stormed several military positions in the SDF-held al-Tanka oil field north of the town of Gharanij. As a result, 15 US-backed fighters were killed and 4 vehicles of the SDF were destroyed.
Later, the terrorist group attacked 9 positions of the SDF north of the town of al-Shaafah and managed to reach the Syrian-Iraqi border. The ISIS-linked news agency Amaq said that 3 vehicles were destroyed by ISIS fighters with different anti-tank weapons in the course of this attack.
The SDF has not commented on the ISIS claims so far. However, local observers believe that US-backed forces managed to restore control of all positions because ISIS fighters usually withdraw after such attacks.
ISIS fighters have launched several similar attacks since the beginning of this month in an attempt to undermine the SDF influence in the region and force it to stop its military campaign in the Euphrates Valley. So far, this tactic has indeed led to a reduction of the SDF’s offensive actions in the area.
Photos of ISIS attack north of Gharanij:
Photos of ISIS attack north of al-Shaafah: