On Sunday, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Deir Ezzor Military Council (DMZ) announced that they reached the industrial zone in the northwestern countryside of Deir Ezzor city. However, the SDF didn’t announce that the industrial zone is under its full control.
With this advance, the SDF deployed in only 15Km away from Deir Ezzor city. Furthermore, The SDF released an official video of its forces near the industrial area. All fighters who appeared in the video were speaking Kurdish language.
First day of SDF “Operation Cizire Storm” where the SDF liberated several villages and finally reached Deir-Ez-Zor industrial zone. pic.twitter.com/FPFP4gLr79
— Afarin Mamosta (@AfarinMamosta) 10 September 2017
Meanwhile, US Army Colonel Ryan Ryan Dillon, spokesman for the US-led collation, announced that SDF forces recaptured 250km2 in the Khabur river valley in the last two days only.
The ISIS-linked Amaq news agency announced that many SDF fighters were killed or injured after a VBIED targeted SDF units 20km away from Deir Ezzor city.
Amaq also claimed that ISIS fighters destroyed a Humvee vehicle and a heavy gun of the SDF with ATGMs in al-Kurafi village northwest of Deir Ezzor city.
In a related development, Kurdish sources claimed that ISIS executed 17 of its fighters who fled the battle in Deir Ezzor city. If true, this could mean that ISIS will face bigger internal problems and disorder as the SAA and the SDF continue to advance towards its heartland in the southeastern Deir Ezzor countryside.