On Saturday, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced that its fighters captured al-Kubar village in the northwestern Deir Ezzor countryside.
SDF fighters killed 5 ISIS fighters, and captured a VBIED and a vehicle of ISIS during their attack, according to the SDF. Furthermore, the SDF evacuated over 500 civilians from the town after capturing it.
The SDF also claimed that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) shelled its positions inside al-Kubar village with mortars right after its fighters captured the village.
The SDF didn’t report any casualties due to the supposed shelling by the SAA. So far the SDF claims have not been confirmed by any pro-government source.
Meanwhile, the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq announced that ISIS fighters attack positions of the SDF on the Haskah-Deir Ezzor highway (also known as the al-Khurafi highway). According to Amaq, 9 fighters of the SDF were killed, and several others were injured in the attack.
Amaq added that ISIS fighters shelled the positions of the SDF in al-Suwar town in the northern Deir Ezzor countryside with mortars.
Earlier on Saturday, the SDF captured the Jafra oil field from ISIS northeast of Deir Ezzor city. The SDF is now in a position that allow it to block the SAA advance towards one of Syria’s biggest oil fields, the al-Omar field. This will likely further fuel tensions between the SAA and the SDF in the coming days.