On October 4, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) repelled an ISIS counter-attack on its newly-established positions north of the town of al-Baghuz al-Fawqani in the southeastern Deir Ezzor countryside, according to the SDF media center.
After repelling the attack, US-backed forces resumed their advance towards the town of al-Susah, north of al-Baghuz al-Fawqani, and captured 6 new positions. The SDF also continued its operations around the strategic town of Hajin and imposed control of 6 positions.
In the last 24 hours, SDF fighters killed 21 ISIS members while US-led coalition warplanes carried out 9 airstrikes on positions of the terrorist group. US-backed forces also shot down a drone of the terrorist group during the clashes around Hajin.
The intense battles over the last two weeks confirmed that remaining ISIS fighters are determined to defend their last foothold in the Euphrates Valley at all costs. This means that the US-led coalition military operation in the region will not likely end anytime soon.