BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The so-called Islamic State (ISIS) launched a big offensive against the US-backed forces in rural Deir Ezzor this week, targeting several areas east of the Euphrates River.
ISIS began their offensive by storming the key town of Al-Bahra; this would result in a series of intense clashes that lasted for several hours on Monday.
The terrorist group would ultimately take control of Al-Bahra before reinforcements from the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) arrived today to help retake the town; it is still contested.
Meanwhile, at the large Al-Saykhan Oil Field, pro-opposition activists allege that the Islamic State has taken control of the site following the withdrawal of the US-backed forces.
If true, this will be one of the biggest losses suffered by the US-backed forces since they launched their offensive in rural Deir Ezzor last year.
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