On December 1, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) claimed that their fighters had repelled a new attack by ISIS on their positions in the eastern Deir Ezzor countryside.
“Heavy clashes broke out between our fighters and ISIS terrorists … various types of weapons including car bombs were used. However, our fighters forced them [terrorists] to withdraw,” the SDF media center said in a press release.
US-led coalition warplanes supported SDF fighters during the clashes and conducted 34 airstrikes on positions, vehicles and gatherings of ISIS. As a result of the airstrikes and clashes, 33 fighters of the terrorist group were reportedly killed.
A day earlier, the SDF announced that its forces evacuated dozens of civilians from the ISIS-held pocket in the middle Euphrates River Valley during a successful special operation. The new terrorist group attack was likely a response to that operation.
During the last two months, dozens of SDF fighters and commanders were killed and captured in a series of hit and run attacks by ISIS in the Euphrates Valley. This forced the US-backed group to limit its operations in the region.