DAMASCUS, SYRIA (11:10 P.M.) – On Friday, the Kurdish-led ‘Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) capitalized on their momentum in eastern Syria and overran a handful of ISIS-controlled villages, scoring advances on three different flanks simultaneously.
On the Al-Busayrah axis roughly 30 kilometers southeast of Deir Ezzor City, SDF members overran the village of Jadid Bu Khayr on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River during the morning hours after mopping up some of an ISIS-held area that has been disconnected from the Islamic State mainland.
In the same time, an SDF pincer took place roughly 70 kilometers northeast of the provincial capital as Kurdish contingents – heavily backed by US airstrikes – expelled ISIS from the villages of Al-Kawashir and Al-Rughay not far from the border with Iraq.
However, the most significant SDF advance on Friday occurred around 50 kilometers east of the provincial capital as Kurdish combattants plunged into another ISIS enclave, thereby imposing full control over the villages of Al-Adil, Al-Aya and Al-Hirce, all of which are located on the Khabur River.
Despite reaching out to its military sources in Deir Ezzor, the exact number of casualties on either side of the battlefield remains unbeknownst to Al-Masdar News.
A map depicting the current situation can be found here.