BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 A.M.) – A counter-offensive operation by Islamic State militants in the east Syrian province of Deir Ezzor against Coalition-led forces has backfired terribly leading to high loses among the ranks of the already fledgling terrorist group.
On Sunday, ISIS launched a counter-offensive against Syrian US-backed forces at Al-Bahra using shock troops, light artillery and drones with the aim of re-capturing the village and nearby settlements along the eastern shore of the Euphrates River.
Unlike in the past where pro-Coalition fighters had allowed themselves to be caught off-guard, this time they were ready and met the challenge of the jihadist counter-offensive as soon as it commenced.
According to pro-Kurdish sources, Coalition-led forces managed to entirely repel the attack, reportedly killing 27 Islamic State terrorists and shooting three drones out of the sky over the course of the clashes.
Despite being a rather small settlement in comparison to other towns and cities on the Euphrates, Al-Bahra has witnessed considerable resistance from ISIS (certainly out of all proportion to its size).
Since US-backed Arab and Kurdish militias first stormed Al-Bahra two weeks ago, the village has changed hands at least three times and more so, has seen ISIS conduct a huge truck bomb attack that reportedly killed and injured almost 100 pro-Coalition fighters.