September 9, 2017 / 9:09 AM / in 2 years

U.S.-backed SDF attacks Islamic State in Syria's Deir al-Zor province

File photo: A member of Deir al-Zor military council which fights under the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stands in a military tank in Deir al-Zor province, Syria August 25, 2017. REUTERS/Rodi Said

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces alliance (SDF) has launched an operation against Islamic State militants in the north of Deir al-Zor province in eastern Syria, a statement said on Saturday.

The statement from the Deir al-Zor Military Council, fighting as part of the SDF, said assaults would aim to drive the jihadist militants out of areas they hold north and east of the Euphrates river.

Reporting by John Davison; Editing by Dale Hudson

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