On Thursday, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) crossed the Khabur river in the northern Deir Ezzor countryside, and captured Gharibah Sharqiyah and Jasimi villages on the eastern bank of the river, according to Kurdish sources.
Furthermore, the SDF announced that its fighters repelled an attack of ISIS on its positions around Abu Kashba village in the northwestern Deir Ezzor countryside.
The SDF claimed that its members captured 4 vehicles, 5 VBIEDs and 6 motorcycles of ISIS. SDF fighters also captured large amount of weapons including a Konkurs Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) launcher and its missiles.
Meanwhile, in the southern al-Hasakah countryside, the SDF reached the strategic Markada town, according to Kurdish sources. The SDF captured the water station and the police department in the southern part of the town, according to the sources.
However, the SDF has not confirmed any of these claims yet.
The SDF will likely advance from its new positions on the eastern bank of the Khabur river towards the Syrian-Iraqi border, and the strategic Omar oil fields in the southeastern Deir Ezzor countryside.
This will mean more tension with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies in Syria, and possibly with the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) on the border with Iraq.