DAMASCUS, The Daesh militants have recaptured all areas lost to the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in eastern Syria, in its counter-offensive to retrieve these areas from the SDF since Friday, a war monitor reported Sunday.
It is a major setback for the SDF, since the Kurdish-led forces launched an offensive against the last Daesh stronghold in the eastern province of Deir al-Zour, on Sept 10.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the SDF units seemed "not fully prepared to face the Daesh."
The recent counter-offensive claimed the lives of more than 70 SDF fighters, with over 100 others reportedly wounded, while the militants reached the Syrian-Iraqi border again, the London-based watchdog added. The overall losses of the SDF fighters since Sept 10 are estimated at more than 300, according to the Observatory.
The SDF brought in reinforcements to the Daesh-held pocket from forces involved in clearing the Daesh from its former de facto capital of Raqqa in northern Syria, the watchdog said. Such forces could make a difference in the upcoming wave of attack against the Daesh despite their fortifications and their tactics, it added.
In a previous report, the Observatory said, bad weather conditions had prevented the U.S.-led coalition war planes, which is backing the SDF in its push to defeat the Daesh. Around 4,000 militants are located in a few towns in eastern Deir al-Zour near the Iraqi border.
The Syrian government has for long accused the U.S.-led coalition of supporting the Daesh, under the table, while pretending to be fighting it overtly. The government has even accused the US of committing massacres in Deir al-Zour, where 63 people were killed last week, as a result of the U.S.-led air strikes.
Source: NAM News Network