Kurdish-Arab alliance regains 200 villages and towns from ISIS in northeastern Syria


Kurdish fighters of the YPG and YPJ gathering in al-Hawl after liberating the town from ISIS militants. Photo: ARA News

ARA News 

HASAKAH – The Kurdish-Arab alliance of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) regained nearly 200 villages and towns from the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) in the northeastern Syrian province of Hasakah, the SDF spokesman said on Monday.

The official spokesman of the SDF, Talal Ali Silo, said at a press conference in the recently liberated town of al-Hawl that “between October 30 and November 13, an area of 1,362 square kilometers was cleansed of ISIS”. 

The liberated area includes some 200 villages and towns, among them the strategic town of al-Hawl on the Syrian-Iraqi border, which was recaptured by the Kurdish-Arab alliance of SDF on Friday.

The SDF spokesman emphasized that their progress has been achieved with the support of the U.S.-led coalition’s fighter jets and the special Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) –which constitute a leading member of the Syrian Democratic Forces. 

The recent military operations in Hasakah province resulted in the death of 493 ISIS militants, 33 SDF fighters and four civilians, according to Silo.

The SDF troops have also sized hundreds of weapons and a large deal of ammunition in the two-weeks operations against ISIS in northeastern Syria.

 The Syrian Democratic Forces announced two weeks ago the start of its military campaign for regaining control of the ISIS-held areas in the province of Hasakah. The SDF includes Kurdish forces of the YPG and YPJ, the Syriac Military Council, the Arab tribal group of al-Sanadeed, al-Jazeera brigades, Jaish al-Thuwar group and Burkan al-Furat battalion. 

Reporting by: Helin Saeed 

Source: ARA News 

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