On February 10, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) launched a new attack on ISIS positions around and inside the village of al-Bahrah in the southeastern Deir Ezzor countryside. Kurdish sources claimed that the US-backed forces had captured several positions inside the village. However, the SDF has not confirmed these claims so far.
Units of the SDF’s Deir Ezzor Military Council (DMC) also clashed with ISIS around the town of Hajin, according to Syrian opposition sources.
From its side, the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq reported that ISIS snipers had killed two fighters of the SDF around the village of al-Bahrah. Moreover, six other fighters of the SDF were killed when ISIS targeted them with several IEDs around the village.
ISIS fighters also shelled the position of the US-backed forces around al-Bahrah with dozens of mortar rounds, according to Amaq.
The attack against ISIS in al-Bahrah was the first anti-ISIS operation by the US-backed forces since the beginning of the Turkish attack on the Afrin area in northern Syria on January 20. Experts believe that Afrin is currently the main priority of the Kurdish-dominated SDF.
Photos of ISIS fighters clashing with the SDF inside al-Bahrah: