U.S.-backed SDF to announce operation in Syria's Deir al-Zor - SDF official

Reuters News
Posted: Sep 08, 2017 4:29 PM

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces are set to announce an operation against Islamic State in the north of Deir al-Zor province, a senior SDF official told Reuters on Friday.

The operation, which aims to push Islamic State back from northern parts of Deir al-Zor, will be formally announced on Saturday, the official said.

With U.S.-led air cover and special forces, the SDF alliance of mostly Kurdish and Arab militias is battling to oust Islamic State from Raqqa city, upstream along the Euphrates river.

(Reporting by John Davison; Editing by Hugh Lawson)