At least seven fighters from a Kurdish-led force were killed Sunday in two ISIS group attacks in eastern Syria, a war monitor said.
“Six fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were killed” in an ISIS attack along the road linking Deir Ezzor province with Hasakeh, said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human rights.
A seventh was shot dead by ISIS-linked gunmen in the west of Deir Ezzor province, the Observatory said.
The attacks were carried out in areas under the control of the SDF, which is a key US partner in fighting ISIS and is the Syrian Kurds’ de facto army.
ISIS seized swathes of Syria and neighboring Iraq in 2014, declaring a “caliphate” to administer the millions-strong population.
A long and bloody fightback by Syrian and Iraqi forces with backing from the US and other powers led to its eventual defeat in March 2019, but sleeper cells of the Sunni Muslim extremist group still carry out attacks in both countries.
On Thursday, the SDF said two of their fighters were killed and six ISIS fighters arrested following clashes in a volatile Syria camp where a security operation was underway.
Syria’s war began in 2011 and has killed nearly half a million people and forced around half of the country’s pre-war population from their homes.
SDF seeks to coordinate with Syria army to use air defenses against Turkish planesThe US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces would coordinate with Syrian government troops to fend off any Turkish invasion of the north, the SDF commander ... Middle East
Syria’s Kurds repatriate nearly 150 ISIS-linked Tajiki women and childrenSyria’s semi-autonomous Kurdish administration handed Tajikistan 146 women and children related to ISIS extremists, a Kurdish official said Monday, in ... Middle East
100 French MPs slam Erdogan’s ‘policy of war’ against Syrian KurdsA hundred French parliamentarians, mainly from the political left, on Saturday denounced Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s “policy of war” ... Middle East
Traffic accident in Syria reveals huge shipment of illicit drugsA fatal traffic accident near the Syria-Lebanon border revealed a huge shipment of illicit drugs, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) ... Middle East