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.

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Stern Daler

Great news except that Erdogan wants to back-stab the Kurdish fight against IS. This is betraying and weakening all parties that fight IS.

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Nestor Arapa

Sin duda excelente noticia, pero lo afirmé antes, Erdogan usa pretexto de lucha contra ISIS solo para acabar con los Kurdos,ahora su objetivo será Manbij y de paso servirá de disdractor para el avance de SDF en Al-Raqqa y Deir-Ezzor.

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Stern Daler

Yes. It will distract Kurdish resources from their fight against IS.

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youta5

We can not be sure, but I believe there is an arrangement between Putin/Assad and Erdogan. Erdogan battling the Kurds as long as necessary brings the latter back from the US to Syria. Because Erdogan switched from the USA to Russia after the attempted coup.

Also, what I wrote one or two weeks ago, it seems that the Turks left the Tadif roundabout so that the Syrians can take it finally.

Don’t crucify me, it is just a likely scenario for me. What is your impression?