BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:50 P.M.) – A counter-offensive by ISIS against Syrian US-led forces (of which Kurdish units form a key part) on the eastern shore of the Euphrates River in the province of Deir Ezzor has backfired badly, leaving dozens jihadist militants dead.
According to pro-Coalition sources, ISIS launched an assault against US-backed forces at the village of Behrada (near the town of Haijin which is still contested) early on Friday morning with both motorized and mechanized infantry.
The attack was spearheaded by two car bombs, both of which were destroyed before reaching their intended targets.
The follow up infantry assault by ISIS was equally unsuccessful, being foiled on the spot, and in the end the terrorist group suffered 51 dead; furthermore, two pickups and one armored personnel carrier belonging to the jihadist assault party were destroyed.
At the present time, heavy clashes between Coalition-led forces and Islamic State militant continue to take place across a stretch of the eastern Euphrates shore running between the towns of Gharanij and Haijin.