DAMASCUS, Syria, At least 18 people were killed on Friday, in a car bomb explosion in the eastern province of Deir al-Zour, a monitor group reported. Half of the casualties were fighters with the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Meanwhile, a well-informed source said that the car bomb went off at the water station, in the town of Bsaira in the northern countryside of Deir al-Zour, where the SDF units are positioned.
The SDF has been fighting the Daesh on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River in Deir al-Zour recently, and the militants are believed to be behind Friday's explosion.
The U.S. has backed the SDF in their push to dislodge the Daesh from many areas in northern and eastern Syria, including Raqqa Province, the Daesh de facto capital in Syria, as well as, in the southern countryside of Hasakah Province, in north-eastern Syria.
The SDF also fights the Daesh in the countryside of Deir al-Zour.
Despite being critical of the SDF alliance with the U.S., the Syrian government doesn't close the negotiation door with the group, which is made up of Arab, Kurdish and Assyrian fighters, led by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG).
Source: Nam News Network