On July 18, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced that its units captured 1,100km2 in southern al-Hasakah and northeastern Deir Ezzor from ISIS in the period between July 5 and July 17. The liberated area includes more than sixteen villages and towns, according to the SDF’s media center.
During their advance, SDF fighters clashed with ISIS fighters in several areas. As a result of these clashes, four terrorists were killed and four others were captured by US-backed fighters. From its side, the SDF acknowledged losing one fighter only.
The SDF’s media center added that SDF fighters captured a pickup truck, two heavy machine guns, a RPG-7 launcher, mines and loads of ammunition of eastern and western calibers from ISIS.
Earlier this month, the SDF captured more than thirty villages and towns in the southern al-Hasakah countryside from ISIS. Currently, the US-backed force is on the verge of capturing the few remaining positions of the terrorist group there.
Once ISIS is eliminated in southern al-Hasakah and southeastern Deir Ezzor, the SDF will boost its offinsive on the last strongholds of the terrorist group along the eastern bank of the Euphrates River.