On January 14, a VBIED of ISIS targeted positions of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) inside the town of Gharanij in southeastern Deir Ezzor, according to the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq.
The media outlet claimed that 20 fighters of the SDF were killed or injured and four vehicles were destroyed in the VBIED attack.
Amaq also reported that ISIS fighters killed eleven fighters of the US-backed force after targeting two positions of the SDF inside Gharanij and around the village of al-Bahra with ATGMs. A Humvee of the SDF was also destroyed by ISIS with a rocket-propelled grenade, according to the ISIS-linked news agency.
Earlier, Kurdish sources claimed that SDF fighters were able to secure most of Gharanij town. However, the new wave of ISIS attacks inside the town confirm that these claims were false.
Lately the US-backed force suffered from some setbacks in the southeastern Deir Ezzor countryside, as it failed to capture the towns of Hajin and Gharanij although the attack on ISIS there was launched in December 2017.