BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:25 P.M.) – Coalition-led forces have endured a heavy blow to their ranks after an ISIS car bomb managed to slip past their lines and hit a gathering of fighters in the southeastern countryside of Deir Ezzor province.

According to Islamic State-affiliated media, forces of the terrorist group operating in southeastern Deir Ezzor province managed to land a car bomb attack against a gathering of US-backed fighters.

The attack took place near the village of Al-Bahra on the eastern shore of the Euphrates River. Pro-Coalition militias are known to have reached the outskirts Al-Bahra about twelve hours ago.

At the present time, Islamic State terrorists are in the midst of counter-attack against US-backed forces in the area around Al-Bahra and have so far claimed three enemy fighters killed and another 7 wounded.

The situation is particularly dangerous because Coalition-led forces maintain very elongated lines with a very narrow advance path in the region. With additional units based further south of Al-Bahra, there exists a very real chance of encirclement.

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