BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS) launched a surprise offensive in the Deir Ezzor Governorate last night, targeting several areas controlled by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
ISIS began their assault last night when they stormed the defenses of the SAA and SDF near the strategic border-city of Albkamal.
According to a field report from Deir Ezzor, ISIS attacked the SDF’s positions near the Al-‘Umar Oil Fields; this was their attempt to retake this area.
Following their attack on the SDF’s positions, the Islamic State struck the Syrian Arab Army’s defenses in the Sabikhan Badiya area, which is located just west of Albukamal.
The clashes in east Deir Ezzor stopped this morning after the Islamic State seized several points from both forces.
ISIS is now working to secure their gains, while awaiting a counter-offensive from both the SDF and SAA.