BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:15 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIL) launched a desperate offensive on the strategic city of Al-Shaddadi, Sunday, targeting the defenses of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the area.

ISIL began the assault by pushing north from the Deir Ezzor provincial border, striking the SDF’s positions just south of Al-Shaddadi in the hopes of catching the Kurdish-led forces off-guard.

While clashes are still ongoing, it appears that the SDF have mostly repelled the Islamic State’s attack after killing several of the terrorist combatants that were attempting to reach the city.

Al-Shaddadi is located near the Hasakah-Deir Ezzor provincial border in the southern part of the Al-Hasakah Governorate; it was the Islamic State’s former stronghold in northeastern Syria.

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