Soldiers loyal to Syria's President Bashar Assad forces are deployed at al-Qadam area near Yarmouk Palestinian camp in Damascus, Syria April 29, 2018. REUTERS/ Omar Sanadiki
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Syrian government forces Sunday briefly captured four villages east of the Euphrates River in the province of Deir al-Zor after rare clashes with U.S.-backed Kurdish-led fighters before losing the area in a counteroffensive by the Kurdish-led force.Much of Deir al-Zor province was held by Daesh but over the past year regime forces captured most areas west of the Euphrates while SDF fighters took areas east of the river.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Sunday's offensive left six SDF fighters dead and 22 wounded and there were also casualties on the regime side.The observatory's chief Rami Abdel-Rahman said SDF fighters took back most of the area except for one village.Government forces captured more areas from Daesh in the nearby Yarmouk camp and the neighborhood of Al-Hajar al-Aswad, both of which were pounded by airstrikes Sunday.
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