U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) soldiers watch from a rooftop the battle to oust Islamic State militants from Baghouz, Syria, Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)
U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) command the battle to oust Islamic State militants from Baghouz, Syria, Wednesday, March 13, 2019. U.S.-backed Syrian forces say Islamic State militants are putting up a desperate fight against their advances and have staged a counterattack from the tiny speck of land the extremists still hold in eastern Syria. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)
BAGHOUZ, Syria – U.S.-backed Syrian forces say Islamic State 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 IS in the Syrian village of Baghouz took advantage of bad weather to launch counterattacks on advancing U.S.-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 U.S.-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.