Islamic State seizes areas in Eastern Deir al-Zor

Editing Abd Allah Al Darwesh | Translation Muhammad Ghaith | Translation Editing Vera Halvorsen 🕔 Publication Date: October 29, 2018, 12:12:40 PM wire MILITARY ISIS

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On Monday, the Islamic State (IS) seized areas that it lost earlier to the International Coalition-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) during a recent military operation against the IS in the Deir al-Zor governorate, Eastern Syria.

A military source from the SDF reported, “In the past two days, the IS managed to seize all areas that we gained control of in Eastern Deir al-Zor in the last year. The areas are the town of al-Susah, villages of al-Baghouz al-Fowqani and al-Tahtani, outposts on the perimeter of the city of Hajin, and al-Tanak oil field in Northern Deir al-Zor. The IS has reached the Iraqi border.”

The source, who preferred to remain anonymous for security reasons, added that many SDF fighters were killed, injured, and captured. The source added that the rest of the SDF fighters crossed to Iraq and others retreated towards the al-Tanak oil field.

The source emphasized that there were disagreements between the SDF commanders, adding that the International Coalition reconstructed the SDF ranks a month ago after their mission failed.

Brett McGurk, the United States Envoy to the International Coalition, tweeted an admission of the SDF loss of ground to the IS in Deir al-Zor. McGurk added, “Fighting is tough because we are in the final stages where almost every IS member wears a suicide belt.”

On Sunday, local sources reported that the IS seized the town of al-Susah and villages of al-Baghouz al-Fowqani under the cover of a dust storm.

A month ago, the SDF launched the last stage of the al-Jazeera Storm Operation to regain control of IS areas in Eastern Deir al-Zor. The battles killed and injured SDF fighters and IS members, and hundreds of civilians were displaced.

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Editing Abd Allah Al Darwesh | Translation Muhammad Ghaith | Translation Editing Vera Halvorsen 🕔 Publication Date: October 29, 2018, 12:12:40 PM wire MILITARY ISIS
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