On February 22, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced that its fighters had captured the key village of al-Bahrah north of Hajin town in the province of Deir Ezzor after a 20 days-long battle with ISIS fighters inside and around it.
The media center of the SDF reported that the US-backed group had killed 1,176 fighters of ISIS during its operation in al-Bahrah. Moreover, US-led coalition warplanes and SDF fighters destroyed 16 mortar cannons, 17 VBIEDs, 26 vehicles, 2 armored vehicles, 2 BMP-1 vehicles, 7 monocycles, a rocket launcher and several other heavy weapons inside and around a-Bahrah, according to the source.
The SDF captured large parts of al-Bahrah village on February 14. However, ISIS fighters were able to launch several successful hit and run attacks against the SDF inside and around the village last week. This delayed the SDF’s operation there.
Locals sources reported that US-led coalition warplanes had conducted a series of airstrikes on ISIS positions and vehicles inside and around Hajin, 5km south of al-Bahrah. This could mean that Hajin will be the next target of the US-backed force.
Destroyed ISIS vehicles in the al-Bahrah village: