On April 6, Lebanon’s al-Mayadeen TV claimed that a US soldier and several members of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces had been killed in an attack by radical militants on the eastern bank of the Euphrates, in the province of Deir Ezzor. Earlier, similar claims were made by several pro-Kurdish and pro-opposition sources.
The situation remains unclear. However, over the past 2 months ISIS cells have ramped up their operations in the provinces of Homs and Deir Ezzor.
On March 25 ISIS cells captured and beheaded two SDF members in the town of al-Twaymin near al-Shaddadi. On March 29, the US-led coalition and the SDF conducted an anti-ISIS raid in the area cracking down on ISIS cells there. Nonetheless, such separate anti-ISIS actions are not enough to put an end to the terrorist group’s presence there.
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