The ISIS terrorist group killed 68 members of US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces in Syria battling to oust the militant group from their eastern holdout of Hajin on the Iraqi border, Al Arabiya quoted a war monitor as saying Saturday.
ISIS launched a wave of bloody attacks against the Syrian Democratic Forces “from Friday evening to dawn on Saturday”, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, raising the death toll from an earlier figure of 41.
The SDF fighters, who are backed by US-led coalition air strikes, were killed overnight, the Britain-based Observatory said.
“The death toll has increased due to the discovery of new victims on the front line and the existence of 100 wounded,” said Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman.
A spokesman for the US-led coalition said “at this time, numbers cannot be confirmed as both sides are taking casualties as this difficult fight... continues”.
A “sandstorm allowed a ISIS counterattack, which was surprising given the conditions, but now the air is clear, the coalition will continue to increase air and fire support to assist our partners,” spokesman Sean Ryan said.