Beirut, Jan 8 (AFP) Jihadists defending their last bastion in eastern Syria used the cover of bad weather to launch a deadly counterattack against a Kurdish-led force, a war monitor said Tuesday.Also Read - Fuel Shortage Leaves Labanon in Dark: Power Outage To Continue For Few Days, Says Official

The Islamic State group was unable to hold on to the positions they attacked but the assault killed 23 members of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and also left nine jihadists dead. Also Read - Beirut Port Blast Investigation to Resume After Court Rejects Legal Complaints

IS fighters took advantage of poor visibility to unleash suicide attackers on SDF forces along the front line in the Euphrates valley late on Sunday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Also Read - This Cafe in Syria's Damascus is Run by 20 Adults With Down Syndrome | See Pics

“Twenty-three SDF fighters were killed and nine IS jihadists were also killed in fighting that lasted all night and into Monday morning,” Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.

The jihadists often launch attacks under the cover of bad weather that cancels out their opponents’ advantage of US-led coalition air power.

The SDF launched what is meant to be the final offensive on the jihadist organisation four months ago with air and ground support from coalition forces. (AFP) SMJ SMJ

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.