Kurdish-Arab alliance pushes into Deir ez-Zor, expels ISIS from several villages

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A fighter of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) preparing his machine gun during clashes with ISIS in northern Raqqa. Photo: ARA News

ARA News 

The Kurdish-Arab alliance of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Tuesday attacked Islamic State’s (ISIS) headquarters in the oil-rich governorate of Deir ez-Zor.

Backed by the US-led coalition’s air cover, the SDF troops were able to expel ISIS militants from more than 15 villages in Deir ez-Zor.

“Dozens of Daesh terrorists were killed in the operation, which came as a surprise for the terror group,” an SDF officer told ARA News, using another acronym for ISIS.

The Syrian Democratic Forces also seized a large deal of ammunition and light weapons after ISIS withdrawal.

“ISIS was forced to withdraw from these villages after suffering heavy losses,” an SDF fighter told ARA News.

The push into Deir ez-Zor comes as part of the SDF-led Euphrates Wrath Operation for Raqqa, which is aimed at isolating the ISIS de facto capital in Syria.

The villages liberated on Tuesday lie about 100km east of Raqqa.

Most of the city of Deir ez-Zor and its countryside is controlled by ISIS. However, pro-regime troops are still holding out in several neighborhoods in the western part of the city and control an adjacent military airport, which has been fortified.

Deir ez-Zor is deemed to be strategic for the Islamic State because it links their Iraqi holdings to Raqqa city -the group’s de facto capital.

Reporting by: Eyaz Ciziri | Source: ARA News 

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