In an attempt to play down the recent casualties, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) claimed in a press release on October 27 that only 14 of its fighters were killed during the recent attacks of ISIS in the Euphrates Valley. The US-backed group also claimed that it has not lost any position there so far.
A day earlier, ISIS said that its fighters killed 41 personnel of the SDF during a series of attacks in the Euphrates Valley. Later, the Syrian Observatory for Humans Rights (SOHR), which are close to the SDF, confirmed ISIS’ claims and revealed that US-backed forces lost several positions in the towns of al-Susah and al-Baghuz al-Fawqani as a result of these attacks.
This was not the first time when the SDF was caught deceiving the public in order to hide its loses. On October 12, the SDF claimed that its fighters repelled a large-scale attack of ISIS on its positions in the Euphrates Valley. However, a day later the terrorist group released a video and several photos confirming that the attacks was successful.
The SDF has faced a series of setbacks since the beginning of its military operation in the Euphrates Valley last September. According to the SOHR, more than 315 SDF fighters were killed in the course of the operation.