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US-backed forces deploy 1,700 fighters to anti-ISIS offensive in east Syria

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The US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have sent more than 1,700 fighters to reinforce the offensive against ISIS in Deir al-Zor Province in eastern Syria, a monitor said on Friday.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the SDF sent more military reinforcements to the last ISIS-held pocket of eastern Syria known as Hajin.
The deployment contained many factions in SDF-held areas in northeast Syria, including Jaysh al-Thuwar, internal police, and security forces known as Asayish, the Observatory added.
While the SDF has been preparing for a ground attack on the remaining IS-held areas in the past few days, they used ground shelling and bombardment along with the support of US-led coalition air strikes.
The bombardment intensified on Friday, targeting ISIS positions in Hajin, Susah, and Tanak oil field, causing 22 ISIS casualties, including a local commander, the Observatory claimed.
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