BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:25 P.M.) – The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have taken advantage of the Islamic State’s (ISIS) weak defenses around the eastern bank of the Euphrates River this week, capturing several sites that were previously controlled by the terrorist group.

With ISIS dedicating most of its resources to the Syrian Army front, the SDF swept through the terrorist group’s positions in southeast Deir Ezzor these past 24 hours, capturing at least a half dozen towns.

According to the SDF’s official media wing, their forces captured the town of Jurdi Al-Sharqi this afternoon, following a short battle with the Islamic State.

The Islamic State launched a massive counter-offensive along the western bank of the Euphrates River this week, resulting in the capture of more than ten towns from the Syrian Army.

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