Bad weather gives ISIS militants in Syria a reprieve

The wind and dust gave the extremists cover from air strikes and air reconnaissance.
Thursday 14/03/2019
US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) soldiers watch from a rooftop the battle to oust ISIS militants from Baghouz, Syria, March 13, 2019. (AP)
US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) soldiers watch from a rooftop the battle to oust ISIS militants from Baghouz, Syria, March 13, 2019. (AP)

US-backed Syrian forces say ISIS militants have taken advantage of dusty and windy conditions to wage multiple counterattacks from their last speck of land in eastern Syria.

Windy conditions continued on Thursday, a day after ISIS in the Syrian village of Baghouz took advantage of bad weather to launch counterattacks on advancing US-backed and Kurdish-led forces.

The wind and dust gave the extremists a reprieve from air strikes and air reconnaissance. They also burned tires and oil to thicken the air cover above their tent encampment in Baghouz where an unknown number remain holed up.

The US-backed Syrian forces’ spokesman, Adnan Afrin, said late Wednesday they engaged in intense clashes with the militants, who sent suicide bombers to target the forces and blast open gaps in their lines.

(AP)