BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – Not long after seizing the fortress town of Gharanij from ISIS, US-backed forces are once again engaged in brutal battle against Islamic State militants for control of yet another one of the terrorist group’s strongholds in the eastern Syria.
Ongoing clashes between US-backed forces and ISIS for the village of Al-Bahra in the Syrian province of Deir Ezzor is shaping out to be another meat-grinder battle as was witnessed at Gharanij – that engagement only drawing to a close a few days ago.
The battle of Gharanij endured for six weeks witnessing hundreds of dead on both sides; the town switched hands at least four times. By comparison, Al-Bahra has seen clashes between Islamic State militants and US-backed forces for about one month now, switching hands twice.
However, only now with US-backed forces committing their best assault units for the operation to capture Al-Bahra is the battle for the village truly heating up.
In the last 48 hours, ISIS had hurled two car bomb attacks at US-backed forces inside Al-Bahra, claiming direct hits for both and the resulting death of at least two dozen Arab and Kurdish paramilitary fighters.
Islamic State media has recently released several pictures showing the terrorist group’s use of a car bomb against US-backed forces in Al-Bahra as well as clashes in the countryside south of the village.