October 8, 2018 / 03:06 PM
SDF advances in anti-IS operation east of Euphrates River

US-backed Syrian forces advanced 1.6 kilometers along the east bank of the Euphrates River as operations to clear remnants of the Islamic State (IS) in the area continue.

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said in a statement that fierce clashes broke out between its fighters and IS militants on the al-Baghouz front near al-Bukamal on the Iraq-Syria border on Sunday, October 7.

SDF fighters advanced 1.6 kilometers and captured 15 positions, according to the statement.

Separately, SDF units advanced another kilometer in the village of al-Morsheda that evening, the group said in the statement.

According to NRT the statement added that fierce fighting also continued on Sunday near Hajin, where the SDF repelled a number of IS attacks and forced the group to retreat.

The group further said that its fighters killed 29 IS militants during the clashes.

US-led Coalition forces also carried out 14 airstrikes against the militants.

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

The SDF are seen by the US military as one of the most effective anti-IS fighting forces in the region.

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