On November 16, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) advanced 4km east of al-Suwar town in the northern Deir Ezzor countryside towards the Syrian-Iraqi border, according to the Syrian-Kurdish Hawar News Agency (ANHA). During its advance, the SDF fighters reportedly killed 10 ISIS members.
ANHA also reported that the SDF launched an attack along the eastern bank of the Euphrates River from its positions in Diban village in the southwestern Deir Ezzor countryside. 24 ISIS fighters were allegedly killed and a vehicle of ISIS was destroyed during the clashes south of Diban.
The ISIS-linked news agency Amaq announced that ISIS fighters repelled an attack of the SDF southeast of the Omar oil field. Amaq said that 8 SDF fighters were killed, 10 others were injured and 2 were captured by ISIS. ISIS fighters also destroyed a Humvee vehicle of the SDF with an ATGM, and captured several weapons from th SDF during the clashes, according to Amaq.
The SDF is now likely trying to force ISIS fighters to retreat towards the Nineveh desert west of Mosul inside Iraq. However, it appears that ISIS is willing to defend its last positions at the Syrian-Iraqi border.