DAMASCUS, SYRIA (10:25 A.M.) – On Saturday, the Kurdish-led ‘Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) took control of three ISIS-held villages on the eastern side of the Euphrates River in region roughly 70 kilometers southeast of Deir Ezzor City.

The captured villages were identified as Al-Falaj, Al-Jurdi Sharqi, and Abu Hardub by a source close to Al-Masdar News.

During the advance, the SDF was struck by at least one suicide bombing, recorded by an ISIS drone watching the ordeal from above, which is believed to have killed 15 Kurdish fighters.

In a surprising turn of events, the SDF was aided by Russian air raids in southern Deir Ezzor on Saturday. This comes amid reports that Moscow’s military is trying to gain access to enter SDF-controlled areas east of the Euphrates River.

Since the ‘Al-Jazirah Storm’ offensive began on September 9, the SDF has relied solely on the US-led coalition to knock out ISIS strongpoints. The overall aim of the offensive has been to expel ISIS from all of eastern Syria.

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