DAMASCUS, SYRIA (0:50 P.M.) – Footage has emerged of a massive Kurdish convoy heading southwards along the main road leading to Hasakah to Deir Ezzor. Over the past week, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have brushed aside all ISIS resistance since launching their large-scale offensive, dubbed the ‘Al-Jazirah Storm’.
The video, released by the Kurdish YPG (main SDF branch), showed technicals and Humvees driving en route to Deir Ezzor. An emphasis is espcially put on female fighters.
Heavily backed by US airstrikes, SDF combattants have thus far captured over a dozen villages and even reached the northern bank of the Euphrates River.
Effectively, a large ISIS pocket has formed in the northwestern countryside of Deir Ezzor where a string of jihadist-held towns on the Euphrates River have been cutoff from the Islamic State mainland.
An interactive map of the region can be found here.