Eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor fully cleared of ISIS - UPDATE
SDF has cleared the eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor of ISIS and secured the Iraq-Syria border.
Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters advancing on three fronts in the Operation Cizire Storm have merged in the village of Bogaz earlier today. SDF fighters have thus cleared the eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor and established security at Iraq-Syria border.
The second phase of the Operation Cizire Storm was launched by SDF on June 4 with the ultimate goal of liberating Deir ez-Zor and Heseke countryside from ISIS.
SDF commander Bahoz Heseke stated that they have reached the Baghous town after Dashisha, thus securing the Iraq-Syria border and have fully liberated the eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor.
Heseke remarked that SDF forces was in a good morale over the advance they have made, stressing that their struggle against the gangs will continue.
As part of the campaign, SDF forces advancing on three fronts have liberated an area of 120 km2 in the outskirts of Deir ez-Zor.
Civilians returning to the villages liberated by SDF are met by the fighters and provided with their needs.
A civilian who asked to be mentioned anonymous as his family members are still in an ISIS-occupied area, stated that they have suffered from the repression and atrocity of the gangs for years and witnessed cruel practices such as mass murder, beheading and torture.
The civilian said his son was beheaded right before his eyes on the grounds that he did not practice Islamic rules, underlininig that ISIS gangs have nothing to do with Islam and their acts will never be forgotten.
The civilian said they are very happy to return to the liberated areas, adding; “Everything is different here. In ISIS-held regions, there is only death and beheading while peace and democracy prevails in SDF areas. We hope SDF fighters will liberate other regions from the gangs in the soonest time and peace will be established in the region.”