36 ISIS militants killed in eastern Syria, says SDF

Members of the Deir ez-Zor Military Council, a coalition of Arab tribes and fighters that belongs to the broader US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, ride in armoured vehicles near the town of Shadadi, about 60 kilometers south of the northeastern Syrian city of Hasaka. AFP (Jordan Times)

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SULAIMANI — US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said that as many as 36 militants from Islamic State (ISIS) have been killed during the latest phase of Operation Jazeera Storm, east of the Euphrates River.

They liberated Al-Baghuz Fawqani town in the district of Abu Kamal on the border with Iraq after three days of clashes with the militants, the SDF said in a statement on Saturday (September 22).

The SDF, an alliance dominated by the People’s Protection Units (YPG), said that Coalition forces carried out 10 airstrikes during the operation.

The bodies of five ISIS militants were sized by SDF fighters, while three ISIS positions were also destroyed in the operation.

One SDF fighter was killed and five others were wounded, the statement read.

The US-backed Syrian fighters launched a new phase of Operation Jazeera Storm on September 11 to clear ISIS remnants in the Deir ez-Zor province.

The SDF, backed by US-led coalition air strikes and special forces, have been fighting to defeat ISIS militants in Syria.