On September 13, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) repelled two ISIS attacks and recaptured 16 positions around the town of al-Baghuz Fawqani in the southeastern Deir Ezzor countryside, according to the SDF’s media center.
SDF fighters killed 45 ISIS members during the heavy clashes around the village. At the same time, ISIS fighters targeted a bulldozer and two vehicles of the SDF with IEDs injuring ten US-backed fighters.
“[US-led] Coalition forces participated actively in combat operations yesterday, where the warplanes targeted the movements of the mercenaries, while the military bases carried out rocket strikes on positions of the mercenaries,” the SDF’s media center said in a statement.
US-backed forces will likely regain the lead in the upcoming hours and push towards its first target, al-Baghuz Fawqani. The village is located only 15km south of the town of Hajin, which is the main stronghold of the terrorist group in the Euphrates valley.