US-backed Syrian group launches new offensive against Islamic State in East Euphrates
Backed by the US-led coalition, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) initiated final assault to eradicate the Islamic State from areas under its control east of the Euphrates along the Syrian-Iraqi borders.
The predominantly-Kurdish group published an official statement online, declaring that all ISIS-held areas east of Euphrates will soon be “under their control after re-organizing our ranks according to the requirements of the battle”.
The group added that the prospected offensive will be carried out with support of the US coalition to represent the final stage of ‘Al-Jazeera Storm’ campaign aiming at eradicating ISIS from the area.
Meanwhile, the US coalition conducted airstrikes against ISIS positions, massacring over 30 civilians – mostly women and children – in al-Fadel village located near al-Shaddadi.
The terror group controls large swathes of territories spanning from southern countryside of Hasakah province, along the Iraqi border to the strategic city of Albu Kamal.
The hardline organization is now encircled in a large enclave extending from the eastern countryside of Homs to the southern countryside of Deir Ezzor.