SDF Regain Control of Villages Near Euphrates Captured by Syrian Army

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stated Sunday, as quoted by Reuters, that they had pushed out Syrian government troops from the oil-rich areas near the Euphrates River, not far from the country’s border with Iraq.
As specified by the US-backed Kurdish troops, they launched a counter-offensive against the Syrian forces, saying that the latter were forced off “far away” from the territories.
Earlier in the day, Reuters reported, citing a military source, that Syria’s armed forces had captured several villages located to the east of the Euphrates River from the US-backed, predominantly Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces.
The clashes between the Syrian army and the US-supported SDF forces took place close to the Iraqi border, in Kurdish-controlled areas of the country, Reuters reported.
Previously, the Syrian army had abstained from a military offensive against the Kurdish forces, focusing on its campaign against Daesh militants. The US-backed SDF captured territory east of the Euphrates River in the Deir Zor province last year, during their anti-Daesh operations.
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