DAMASCUS, SYRIA (0:10 A.M.) – Despite facing overwhelming odds, the Islamic State is trying to drive back the newly launched ‘Al-Jazirah Storm’ which has seen the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) reach Deir Ezzor’s northern Euphrates River bank, thereby putting the SDF head-to-head with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) on the other side of the water.
A handful of images released by Amaq Agency on Saturday depicted ISIS militants reportedly raiding the Kurdish-held road between Hasakah and Deir Ezzor amid a bid to cutoff the SDF’s forward units from the Kurdish hinterland.
The photos showed jihadist belligerents launching a night raid, but notably failed to show any SDF casualties at all:
Last week, ISIS otherwise deployed multiple suicide bombers against SDF combattants on the very same road. Likely due to a lack of manpower, the Islamic State now appears to be turning to a hit-and-run strategy instead.
A full interactive battle map of the region can be found here.