BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – The so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) launched a major counter-offensive against the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) inside the southeastern part of the Deir Ezzor Governorate this past weekend.
The terrorist group began their counter-offensive in southeast Deir Ezzor by targeting the Syrian Democratic Forces’ positions at the southern part of the Shafah region.
Not long after launching this counter-offensive, the Islamic State managed to overwhelm the SDF troops in the Shafah region, forcing them to retreat south to the strategic town of Sousah.
The Islamic State would continue their large-scale advance by capturing Sousah and six dozen towns near the Iraqi border.
Among the areas captured by Islamic State this past weekend were the towns of Marshidah, Mouzan, Safafinah, Shajlah, and Baghouz Fouqani.
The Islamic State is now attempting to cross over the Baghouz Mountains in a bid to reach the Iraqi border region.
As of now, the Islamic State has no presence along the Iraqi border; however, if they successfully take over Baghouz Mountains, they will reach a large patch of desert that leads into Iraq’s Al-Anbar province.