Islamic State attacks SDF, leaving casualties, east of Syria: Source

A Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighter carries his weapon as he stands near Raqqa city, Syria June 14, 2017. Picture taken June 14, 2017. REUTERS/Rodi Said

Baghdad ( Islamic State members have carried out an attack against the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, east of Syria, leaving casualties among the two sides.

Speaking to BasNews, a media source from SDF said “Islamic State members sneaked through trees to target our locations using weapons in al-Bagoz village in the eastern side of Deir az-Zour, however, our troops found about them, which triggered confrontations, leaving some militants killed.”

Moreover, “the artillery of the U.S. Coalition took part in the confrontations, along with the troops, targeting the militants in its last pocket.”

According to the source, “Coalition jets carried out four airstrikes against the militants locations, leaving six of them killed.”

In related news, the source added that “Islamic State started appointing military emirs in its last bastion, after many members were killed and fled that battles.”

In September, each of the Coalition and SDF announced the launch of operations, east of Euphrates.

SDF controls 28 percent of the Syrian lands, becoming the second controller of lands, after the regime forces, which control around 60 percent.

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