On August 8, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) revealed in an official statement that its fighters killed 418 ISIS members, including 16 commanders, and captured 29 others during their military operation in the southern al-Hasakah countryside and the eastern Deir Ezzor countryside, which was launched on June 3.
SDF fighters also destroyed 45 vehicles of the terrorist groups and captured loads of weapons, including hundreds of light assault rifles and dozens of rockets and mortar rounds.
As a result of the operation, which was backed by US-led coalition warplanes, 71,360km2 of Syria’s territory were liberated and 191km of the Syrian-Iraqi border were secured. Furthermore, hundreds of civilians were evacuated from ISIS areas, according to the SDF.
The large-scale operation ended on August 4 when the SDF captured ISIS’ last positions in eastern Deir Ezzor. Now, US-backed forces are planning to launch a similar operation to eliminate the remaining fighters of ISIS along the eastern bank of the Euphrates river. Some Syrian sources believe that the operation will begin within a few weeks.