BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:25 P.M.) – US-led Syrian Kurdish forces have suffered a major blow to their ranks in eastern Syria after taking direct hits from two Islamic State car bomb attacks that were directed against them at a key fortress village.
For close to two months now, US-backed forces in eastern Syria have been attempting to wrest control of the ISIS stronghold of Al-Bahra (located on the east shore of the Euphrates River in the province of Deir Ezzor), having made multiple assaults and entering the village but still failing to take it fully.
Like the town of Gharanij further north (captured by US-led coalition partner militias several weeks ago), Al-Bahra serves as a fortress settlement for Islamic State militants; tunnels and propositioned heavy equipment helps ISIS to launch counter-attacks.
On Saturday, ISIS targeted two gatherings of Syrian Kurdish forces inside Al-Bahra with car bombs. In the event, both attacks hit their mark, inflicting dozens of dead and wounded on the ranks of US-backed fighters.