BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:35 P.M.) – US-backed forces endured a horrific blow to their ranks in southern Deir Ezzor province yesterday after an ISIS car bomb managed to breach their defenses around a key settlement.
On Friday, an ISIS suicide unit operating on the eastern shore of the Euphrates River launched a car bomb attack against a gathering of fighters belonging to the Syrian Democratic Forces.
The attack took place at the village of Ad-Daranj to the south of the Al-Omar oil complex. The car bomb struck a control point manned by US-backed fighters within the village.
According to the ISIS-affiliated Amaq media center, the car bomb attack killed at least fifteen Syrian Democratic Forces fighters.
Unlike the Syrian Arab Army who has developed ground-based tactics to deal with ISIS car bombs, fighters in the Syrian Democratic Forces are over-reliant on American airpower to identify and intercept such attacks well in advance.
The attack on Ad-Daranj comes several days after US-backed fighters captured the village from ISIS and declared full control of it and its surrounding area.