BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) launched a large-scale counter-offensive this week that targeted the areas recently captured by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) east of the Euphrates River.
ISIS began their assault under the cover of fog on early Monday, striking the Syrian Democratic Forces’ newly fortified positions along the southern axis of Al-Shafah.
The Islamic State’s attack on southern Al-Shafah was reportedly costly for both sides as over 30 combatants from the terrorist group and Syrian Democratic Forces were killed in the last 24 hours.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, at least 23 members of the Syrian Democratic Forces were killed during the battle, while another nine Islamic State fighters were reported dead.
“Twenty-three SDF fighters were killed and nine IS jihadists were also killed in fighting that lasted all night and into Monday morning,” Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.
No territorial gains were reported by either party.