Updates on the mission to take Deir Ez-zor from Islamic State: SDF advance to Khabur River Valley

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KOBANI – The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have advanced quickly after launching operation Jazeera storm on Saturday. Currently, they have already taken over 250KM2, according to coalition spokesperson, Colonel Ryan Dillon.

The director of public affairs for the combined Joint Task Force- Operation Inherent Resolve told The Region that they welcomed the announcement of the advance into Khabur River valley.

“Operations will take place north of Dayr Az Zawr in eastern Syria,” US Colonel Joe Scrocca said before adding that they would be run by the Deir ezzor military council.

Haqqi Kobani, a leader in the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), also confirmed in an exclusive interview with the Region that they have made significant advances. But they’ve run into IS repositioning their forces.

“Currently our forces are in the countryside of Deir Al-Zour and we are moving towards the city,” he told the Region. “They know Raqqa will be liberated, that’s why they moved to Mayadeen, but they are very weak and have no centre anymore in Syria,” he added.

“Our forces arrived in Deir al-Zour to the industrial city and there Daesh [ISIS] protected itself, planted mines, and carried out suicide operations,” he said.

“But we managed to control the industrial zone in cooperation with Deir al-Zour military council,” he added.