This morning the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) entered the town of Al-Sufsafeh east of the ISIS-held city of Al-Tabqah and took control of a major part of it.
According to the ISIS-linked Amaq news agency, the terrorist organization carried out a counter attack using a SVBIED driven by a French suicide attacker “Abu Anas Al Farnce.” Over 16 SDF fighters were killed and injured, according to ISIS. A bulldozer used by the SDF was also destroyed.
Amaq also released photos (please, find them below) of the attack showing phosphors shells used by the US Marines’ artillery units. US artillery units use M777 155mm howitzers. They were deployed last week to support the SDF operation around Al-Tabqah.
From its side, SDF have claimed that it’s in control of a major part of Al-Sufsafeh. According to pro-SDF sources, over 4 ISIS VBIEDs were destroyed around Al-Sufsafeh before reaching their targets. Over 20 ISIS fighters were allegdly killed and 2 ISIS technicals were destroyed.
According to sources from Al-Tabqah city, clashes are still going on around the town of Al-Sufsafeh. The US-led collation’s airpower is targeting ISIS fortifications around Al-Tabqah city.
If the SDF gains control of Al-Sufsafeh town, the group will surround ISIS forces in the city of Al-Tabqah from all directions. It’s expected that the SDF will launch its attack on this strategic city after it finishes reinforcing its positions in the Al-Tabqah air base and the town of Al-Sufsafeh.
Videos show SDF troops involved in the Sufsafeh advance:
ISIS-made photos of clashes for Sufsafeh: