DAMASCUS, Syria, The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), advanced, on Monday, into the last Daesh-held pocket, in the eastern province of Deir al-Zour, a war monitor reported. The move was part of a wide-scale offensive, launched last month, to eradicate the terror-designated group in the key area near the Iraqi border, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The Kurdish-led SDF, backed by the U.S.-led coalition, captured, on Monday, parts of the town of Souseh, on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River, in eastern Deir al-Zour countryside.
On Saturday, U.S.-led strikes, killed 63 civilians within 24 hours, in the eastern countryside of Deir al-Zour.
The Daesh militants attempted to thwart the SDF advance through mines, some of which are advanced, and laser-controlled, and difficult to detect. The terror group also carried out suicide bombings, to stop the SDF from advancing in Baghous and Hajin, in the last Daesh-held pocket, in the eastern countryside of Deir al-Zour.
Recent reports said, the Daesh-controlled Syrian territory has shrunk to one percent, from almost half of the country, a couple of years ago.
The Syrian army has cleared the Daesh militants from large swathes of areas in Deir al-Zour, while the SDF is attempting to consolidate positions, in the strategic oil-rich northern and north-eastern countryside of the province, near the Iraqi border.
Source: NAM NEWSNETWORK