Islamic State seizes al-Susah and al-Baghouz in Eastern Deir al-Zor

Editing Mohamad Alaa | Translation Muhammad Ghaith | Translation Editing Vera Halvorsen 🕔 Publication Date: October 28, 2018, 9:26:12 PM wire MILITARY ISIS

Deir al-Zor - SMART

On Sunday, the Islamic State (IS) seized the town of al-Susah and the village of al-Baghouz from the Syrian Democratic Forces in the Deir al-Zor governorate, Eastern Syria.

Local sources reported that the IS seized al-Susah and al-Baghouz after the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) withdrew. The IS used attacked under the cover of a sandstorm.

The Iraqi al-Hashd al-Sha'bi militia said that they reinforced their outposts on the Syrian border after the IS seized outposts in Deir al-Zor. The militia closed the al-Baghouz crossing due to the dangerous security situation on the border.

SMART attempted to contact the SDF to get information about the field situation; however, SMART has not received a reply yet.

Activists posted on social media that the IS seized armored vehicles and ammunition.

The IS seized al-Susah and al-Baghouz a day after the SDF spokesperson Kino Gabrael denied the IS' control of the town and village, noting that fierce battles were still ongoing. Gabrael added that the IS killed 14 SDF fighters during the battles.

The IS attempted to seize outposts that it lost in clashes with the SDF, which earlier controlled 80 percent of al-Susah. The residents of al-Susah evacuated the city for the IS-controlled village of al-Shu'fa.

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