50 militants of ISIS killed in clashes with western-backed Syrian Democratic Forces


Kurdish fighters of the YPG are seen near Tishreen Dam as they participate in the SDF-led operations against ISIS in northern Aleppo province. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

KOBANE – At least 50 militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) were killed and dozens more wounded in renewed clashes with the Kurdish-Arab alliance of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) northeast of Aleppo, military sources reported on Thursday. 

Fierce clashes took place in the vicinity of Tishreen town on the western bank of Euphrates River in the northeastern countryside of Aleppo after a group of ISIS militants tried to infiltrate into the town –which was liberated by the western-backed SDF units end of December. 

“A large group of ISIS terrorists tried to infiltrate into Tishreen town on Thursday, but our units foiled the operation and clashed with the terrorists,” an SDF spokesman told ARA News on Thursday.

“Subsequent to fierce clashes, the group withdrew from the vicinity of the town. More than 50 dead bodies of the terrorists were found in the clashes area, while dozens others were wounded and captured by our units,” the spokesman reported.

He added that three SDF fighters lost their lives and seven others were wounded in Thursday’s clashes.  

This comes less than two week after the Kurdish-Arab joint forces of SDF regained control of the towns of Tishreen and Sakaniya in the suburbs of Manbij city north of Aleppo.

The SDF units had earlier expelled ISIS militants from the Tishreen Dam on the Euphrates River, which has for long served as a supply line for the extremist group between its de facto capital of Raqqa and the northern countryside of Aleppo. 

“After liberating Tishreen Dam, our forces were able to regain the towns of Tishreen and Sakaniya on the western bank of the Euphrates River,” Kurdish member of the SDF Sarhad Abbas told ARA News. 

“ISIS is unable to support its operations near Manbij after we cut off its main supply route,” Abbas said. 

The SDF member added that their units, supported by the U.S.-led coalition’s air cover, are currently combating ISIS in Hasakah, northern Raqqa and northern Aleppo.

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: Hozan Mamo

Source: ARA News

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