U.S.-backed ‘Syrian Democratic Forces’ report gains against ISIS in Hasakah


Fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces. File photo

ARA News 

HASAKAH – Backed by the U.S.-led coalition’s warplanes, the Kurdish-Arab alliance of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) reported gains in the western countryside of Hasakah, northeastern Syria, subsequent to battles with the extremist group of Islamic State (ISIS), local activists reported on Monday.   

Speaking to ARA News in Hasakah, media activist Mohammed Khidir said that the SDF advanced Monday towards the strategic town of al-Hawl on the border with Iraq, after storming the nearby village of Bahrat al-Khatooniya. 

At least eight ISIS militants were killed in the operation. 

This coincided with a number of airstrikes by warplanes of the U.S.-led coalition on ISIS positions in the area.

In the meantime, pro-ISIS media activists reported that one of the group’s militants has conducted a suicide attack on a convoy for the Syrian Democratic Forces. 

“A suicide bomber detonated his car bomb near a joint Kurdish-Arab force west of Hasakah. The force consisted of nearly 70 cars loaded with fighters,” a pro-ISIS media source told ARA News in Hasakah. 

“They were heading towards Islamic State’s bases west of Hasakah before a jihadi bomber blew up his car that was loaded with more than 20 tons of explosives,” the source said, pointing out “a large number of vehicles were destroyed by the explosion.”

The explosion took place south of Tel Brak town in the western countryside of Hasakah. It was not immediately clear whether the car bomb attack caused direct casualties among the Kurdish-Arab allied forces. 

This comes only two days after the Syrian Democratic Forces (which consists of the Kurdish YPG fighters and allied Arab rebels) announced the start of a military campaign to liberate Hasakah province from ISIS extremists. 

Reporting by: Louay al-Hamoud and Ahmad Shiwesh

Source: ARA News

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