DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:30 P.M.) – Over the past 48 hours, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have secured a string of advances amid two offensives in each direction of the Khabur River in eastern Deir Ezzor.
Roughly 30 kilometers southeast of Deir Ezzor City, the SDF – heavily backed by US warplanes – chipped away at ISIS’ Al-Busayrah pocket and took control of Al-Khan village on Wednesday, effectively cementing the siege of 20 jihadist-controlled villages and hamlets on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River.
Meanwhile, SDF contingents scored a large advance approximately 70 kilometers northeast of the provincial capital, imposing full control over the villages of Maraqadah, Al-Hurayshiyah, Buluki and Murayqib. This advance serves to further secure the M7 Highway between Hasaskah and Deir Ezzor; in addition, it provides a launching pad to advance along the largely ISIS-held border with Iraq.
This offensive, dubbed operation ‘Al-Jazirah Storm’, began exactly two months ago to the date and has seen the SDF capture hundreds of villages and dozens of oil fields from ISIS so far.