The Kurdish-led ‘Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) are making steady gains in the oil-rich northern Deir Ezzor countryside as ISIS militants conceded a further three villages on Saturday.
After the liberation of over 50 ISIS-held villages in the past 10 days, the US-backed SDF followed up on the advancements by capturing the villages of Qamar, Hilo and Maliha al-Sar yesterday around noon.
11 Islamic State combattants were killed during clashes for the aforementioned village according to a military source.
Effectively, Kurdish forces are little more than 50 kilometers from reaching the provincial capital of Deir Ezzor where Syrian government forces remain besieged by ISIS.
Meanwhile, a council meeting between Arab tribes and SDF factions took place in Manbij amid reports that Turkish-backed Euphrates Shield militants are to launch a large-scale offensive towards the Kurdish-held eastern Aleppo city.