219 ISIS militants killed in new operation by western-backed Syrian Democratic Forces

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Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are seen in al-Hawl town near Hasakah after liberating the town from ISIS militants. Photo: ARA News

ARA News 

KOBANE – At least 219 militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) were killed over the past two weeks in a new military campaign by the Kurdish-Arab alliance of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northwestern Syria.

Leadership of the SDF said in a statement on Wednesday that their forces have regained strategic areas from ISIS in the recent campaign.

“Our units have recaptured the strategic Tishreen Dam, which has served ISIS terrorists as a main supply lines between Raqqa and Aleppo, and we have fortified our positions in the vicinity of the dam in order to prevent any counter-attacks by ISIS,” the statement read.

Tishreen Dam, located on the Euphrates River in northern Syria, is considered a main source of electricity and water for the surrounding towns and villages. 

“At least 219 terrorists were killed in two weeks, and our units have regained control of dozens of villages and towns in the northern countrysides of Raqqa and Aleppo,” the SDF leadership said, adding that nine of their own fighters were killed in the campaign so far. 

The western-backed SDF units have earlier recaptured more than 220 towns and villages in the northeastern Syrian province of Hasakah after fierce battles against ISIS. 

“Our progress was accomplished in a very short time, with the support of the U.S.-led coalition’s warplanes.”

The joint forces emphasized that their only role in the liberated areas is to protect civilians and their private property against “any terror attacks”.

“We want to reassure the people in those areas that we are making all these efforts to liberate them from terrorism and tyranny; our role is to protect them and their properties from the terrorists, and to maintain their freedoms,” the Kurdish-Arab alliance concluded.

The Syrian Democratic Forces include Kurdish units of the YPG and YPJ, Arab rebels of the al-Sanadeed battalions and Burkan al-Furat brigades, Christian fighters of the Syriac Military Council and other allied rebel factions. 

Reporting by: Jan Nasro

Source: ARA News

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