The Euphrates Wrath offensive is firmly underway as the predominately Kurdish ‘Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) captured a number of villages from the Islamic State on Friday.

After reopening the northern Deir Ezzor front on Friday, the US-backed SDF were able to seize the villages of Fanajin al-Gharbi, Fanajin al-Sharqi, Thius, and Ebu Xesebs. In addition, Kurdish forces also seized the Jamra Jirdiyah mountain and established fire control over a handful of nearby ISIS-held villages.

Effectively, the SDF have now encircled Abu Khashab, a strategic village on the road between Makman and the provincial capital of Deir Ezzor.

Due to a lack of manpower, ISIS is relying heavily on artillery to slow down the advancing Kurdish units.

Phase III of the Euphrates Wrath offensive has led SDF to capture almost 50 villages in little more than a week. The Kurdish ‘People’s Protection Unit’ (YPG) is the primary component of the SDF.

Kurdish forward units are approximately 58 kilometers from the provincial capital of Deir Ezzor.

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