US Forces’ Indifference to ISIL Attack in Eastern Syria Enrages Kurdish Militia
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are showing extreme anger at the US military after they were left alone under a heavy ISIL offensive in Deir Ezzur, the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported.
SOHR reported that the SDF have started protests at the US military after the US air force gave no support for the Kurdish militias to counter the ISIL’s heavy offensive in Eastern Deir Ezzur that inflicted a large number of casualties on the SDF.
The ISIL launched a heavy attack on the SDF in al-Souseh, al-Baqouz and Hajin on the Eastern banks of the Euphrates River on Saturday.
SOHR further added that a sum of 68 SDF gunmen, including a commander, that had been dispatched from Tabaqa in Western Raqqa to Deir Ezzur were killed and more than 100 others were injured in the ISIL attack.
It went on to say that the ISIL has captured al-Sousah and al-Baqouz in the attack, and seized tens of military and armored vehicles and a large volume of arms and ammunition.
A field source reported on Saturday that the SDF forwarded a long convoy of militants and equipment from its base in the town of Ein Issa in Raqqa province to Deir Ezzur.
The source further said that the SDF’s convoy moved under the US flag and included 20 military vehicles carrying arms and military hardware and also almost 100 SDF gunmen, heading towards SDF-held regions in Deir Ezzur.
In the meantime, the source said that 4 SDF gunmen were killed in unknown attackers’ raid on their position in the small town of Granij in Southeastern Deir Ezzur.
Meanwhile, the source said that a number of SDF members were killed and wounded after a bomb-laden vehicle went off in the village of Abu Hardoub in Southeastern Deir Ezzur.