BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:40 A.M) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) launched a powerful counter-offensive in the southeastern countryside of Deir Ezzor on Thursday after spending the last few days on the defensive.
The Daesh fighters stormed the defenses of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) near the Tanak Oil Fields, which are located 35km east of Deir Ezzor city.
However, the Daesh forces would find themselves overwhelmed by the Syrian Democratic Forces, who managed to not only foil the terrorist offensive, but also kill scores of militants that participated in the attack.
Citing an SDF source on Friday, Kurdistan 24 reported that at least 50 Daesh militants were killed during the short battle on Thursday.
“Our comrades, backed by US-led coalition airstrikes, killed more than 50 Daesh jihadists who sent three car bombs two days ago. Part of our fighters withdrew, and the other supporting group clashed with the jihadists until fighter jets started their bombardments,” the SDF source told Kurdistan 24.
This desperate offensive by Daesh comes just days after the Syrian Democratic Forces sent reinforcements to the Euphrates River Valley in order to help drive back the encroaching terrorists.