A commander of Deir Ezzor Military Council (DMC) of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Ahmed Abu Khawla, declared a start of the SDF advance towards the border with Iraq on Wednesday, according to a SDF-linked media outlet Hawar.
According to Khawla, the SDF already started the operation and was progressing in order to liberate Sour area. The SDF is also aiming to liberated areas east of the Euphrates and eastern areas of Deir Ezzor from ISIS.
“Sour area, adjacent to the Iraqi-Syrian border, is 50 km away from the city of Deir ez-Zor [Deir Ezzor]. This area includes many villages are still under the control of ISIS mercenaries,” Hawar quoted the DMC leader as saying. “Our purpose of liberating this area is to expel ISIS mercenaries from vast geographical areas, from the lands of Deir ez-Zor and from the rest of Cizîre’s territory [Jazira Canton of the self-proclaimed federal region controlled by the SDF ].”
Khawla added that the SDF pretends to take control of “the triangular border area between Iraq and Syria, which is the link between Cizîre and eastern Syria, and west of Iraq.”
Eearlier on Wednesday, the SDF claimed that it has seized 80% of Raqqah city and is advancing further against ISIS inside it. If the ISIS defense fully collapses in Raqqah, this will allow the SDF to redeploy more forcest towards Deir Ezzor frontlines.
On Tuesday, the SDF already started deploying additional equipment preparing for further advances in eastern Syria.