DAMASCUS, Syria, The Daesh militant group, launched, on Thursday, a large-scale offensive on the positions of the U.S.-backed forces in eastern Syria, as part of its preemptive strategy, a war monitor reported.
The Daesh militants launched the offensive in the morning, trying to reach the al-Tanak oil field, where the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have a base with foreign military experts, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The London-based watchdog said, the Daesh attack was launched from three directions, in an attempt to besiege the positions of the Kurdish-led SDF, in the eastern countryside of Deir al-Zour Province.
The assailants detonated two car bombs, leading to the retreat of the first defence line of the SDF, on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River.
During the battles, the U.S.-led coalition war planes scrambled and struck the Daesh positions. The air strikes, however, did not last long because of the foggy weather, said the Observatory.
The U.S.-led air strikes continued in the afternoon when the weather turned better, which eventually pushed the Daesh back.
It was the most violent counter-attack from the militants, since the SDF launched an offensive to liberate eastern Euphrates on Sept 10, killing at least three SDF fighters and 17 militants, according to the monitor.
The Daesh launched the preemptive attack ahead of the anticipated wide-scale offensive by the SDF, on the last Daesh-held pocket, in the eastern Euphrates, it noted.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK