BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:35 P.M.) – US-backed forces (of which Kurdish units form a key component) operating in the east Syrian province of Deir Ezzor have suffered another major blow to their ranks after an ISIS car bomb attack against them hit its mark.
On Sunday, ISIS-linked media announced that it had carried out a successful car bomb attack (referred to by the terrorist group as a ‘martyrdom operation’) against US-led forces at the heavily-contested town of Gharanij on the eastern shore of the Euphrates River. Photo evidence later provided to back the statement proved that this was in fact the case.
The suicide attack hit a gathering of Arab and Kurdish paramilitary ranks at a house within Gharanij. To this end, ISIS claims that its operation killed fifteen fighters.
Gharanij represents a stronghold for Islamic State militants and despite losing control of the town to US-backed forces four times in about as many weeks now, the terrorist group has always managed to counter-attack and re-establish a foothold inside it.