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Daesh renews attack on US-backed forces in Deir Ezzor

Local | 2018-10-12 14:39:00
Daesh renews attack on US-backed forces in Deir Ezzor
(Zaman Al Wasl)- Daesh militants have renewed their attacks on the US-backed fighters in eastern Deir Ezzor province following intense battles.

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) says the fighting Thursday is over the village of Souseh where a sandstorm has caused bad visibility.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the fighting began Wednesday, when Daesh launched an offensive against the opposition group, killing 10 of them. The fate of 35 other opposition fighters is unknown.

The Observatory said 18 Daesh gunmen have been killed while the Daesh-linked Aamaq news agency reported 18 deaths among SDF fighters.

Souseh is in the last pocket held by Daesh in Syria that the SDF has been trying to capture since last month.

The Kurdish-led forces last month launched a battle to expel the extremists from their last eastern redoubt of Hajin near the Iraqi border.

Activist Taj al-Allow said the US-led coalition on Thursday had launched heavy airstrikes on the town of la-Hajin.

Daesh militants took two neighborhoods in the town, according to al-Allow.

Meanwhile, the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) said abot 900 of the organisation’s foreign extremists have been held in a sharp increase from a previous figure, a spokesman said on Thursday.

In lengthy battles against Daesh in the war-torn country, the YPG has rounded up thousands of alleged Daesh members, Syrian and otherwise.

“Around 900 Daesh terrorists are in our jails... from 44 countries,” YPG spokesman Nuri Mahmud said.

That is a sharp rise from the figure of 520, given by another Kurdish official last month.

“The war is ongoing and until now we are arresting terrorists,” Mahmud explained, referring to ongoing battles against Daesh in eastern Syria.

“The numbers have increased over the past months from the battles between our forces and Daesh,” he said.

Kurdish authorities have said they will not put any foreign extremists on trial, and repeatedly called on their home countries to take them back.

But Western countries, reeling from Daesh-claimed attacks on their own soil, have been reluctant.

“Most countries have been flouting their responsibility,” Nuri said.

According to Kurdish foreign affairs official Abdel Karim Omar, Syrian Kurds also hold 550 women and around 1,200 children from the families of Daesh members.

Alleged fighters are usually detained in jail, while women and children are held separately in camps.

Daesh seized large swathes of Syria and neighbouring Iraq in 2014, declaring a so-called “caliphate” in areas they controlled.

But multiple offensives in both countries have since decimated that proto-state.

Zaman Al Wasl, Agencies

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