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:

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Chris Tomson | AMN

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.

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Deo Cass
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2017-09-17 07:20

Fake as usual. Where are the Kurds in the photos? Ok, you might say ‘they have been driven out.’ But if they have really been driven out, what are ISIS shooting at? Thin air? It’s definately fake. ISIS are not fighting their own selves, aka SDF.

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2017-09-17 15:02

In the 2nd image It appears ISIS has obtained light sabers powered by the darkside of the force to obliterate the resistance