The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stated Sunday, as quoted by Reuters, that they had pushed out Syrian government troops from the oil-rich areas near the Euphrates River, not far from the country’s border with Iraq.
As specified by the US-backed Kurdish troops, they launched a counter-offensive against the Syrian forces, saying that the latter were forced off “far away” from the territories.
Earlier in the day, Reuters reported, citing a military source, that Syria’s armed forces had captured several villages located to the east of the Euphrates River from the US-backed, predominantly Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces.
The clashes between the Syrian army and the US-supported SDF forces took place close to the Iraqi border, in Kurdish-controlled areas of the country, Reuters reported.
Previously, the Syrian army had abstained from a military offensive against the Kurdish forces, focusing on its campaign against Daesh militants. The US-backed SDF captured territory east of the Euphrates River in the Deir Zor province last year, during their anti-Daesh operations.