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(Reuters) – Syria’s democratic forces, backed by US army vehicles, pushed reinforcements into the eastern sector of Deir al-Zour, east of Syria, as part of a counter-attack on terrorist strongholds.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday that “300 Special Forces belonging to the Syrian Democratic Forces arrived in the vicinity of the enclave under the control of the Dahedh organization in the eastern sector of the Deir Al-Zour countryside.”
According to the observatory, the reinforcements were provided by ” South and south-east of the province of Hasaka province, “and entered” 12 American Hummer vehicles to the area of contact lines with a supportive organization. ”
On preparations for the Syrian Democratic Forces to launch a large-scale counterattack, US-led coalition forces launched raids and artillery shelling at militant positions in a hybrid city, the Observatory reported.
The militant organization, following sudden attacks, recovered all the areas lost after the advance of the Syrian Democratic Forces, a coalition of Kurdish and Arab factions supported by the United States, in the last pocket controlled by the province of Deir al-Zour.
On September 10, Syria’s democratic forces, supported by the coalition, launched a military operation against the terrorist organization in a hybrid area in the far eastern outskirts of Deir al-Zour, near the Iraqi border.
They have been able to advance and control many towns and villages. However, for more than two weeks, Dahesh has launched large-scale counter-attacks, taking advantage of a sandstorm in the desert region, according to the observatory.
“During extensive attacks from Friday through Sunday dawn, the organization managed to recover all the areas advanced by Syria’s democratic forces,” said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the observatory.
A leader of the Syrian Democratic Forces, who declined to be named, told AFP that the radical organization had restored all the areas it had lost over the past seven weeks. He returned to “sandstorm and knowledge in the region more than our troops.”
After that, the leader said that “military reinforcements and heavy weapons were sent to the front, and some units will be replaced by more experienced and able to carry out the task.” “A new military campaign will be launched immediately after the arrival of these reinforcements,” he said.
Attacks since Friday, according to the observatory, have killed 72 members of the Syrian Democratic Forces. Since September 10, nearly 500 people have been killed in the fighting and more than 300 from the Syrian Democratic Forces, according to the observatory.