Fighting intensifies between US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces and ISIS in Aleppo

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An SDF fighter firing machine gun in clashes with ISIS northern Raqqa. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

ALEPPO  Clashes broke out on Wednesday between the Kurdish-Arab Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and Islamic State (ISIS) militants in Aleppo Governorate.

The northeastern countryside of Aleppo, also known as the Shahba Region, witnessed fierce fighting after ISIS militants launched two car bomb attacks.

The clashes were centred around the towns of Umm Hosh and Qura, where a number of casualties were reported on both sides.

“ISIS started the attack by carrying out two car bomb attacks near our checkpoints in Umm Qura and Umm Hosh,” SDF spokesman Ahmed Sultan told ARA News. Ahmed said that six SDF fighters were killed in the attacks.

“The group then launched at least seven mortar shells on the SDF headquarters in the area,” he said. 

Ahmed told ARA News that SDF forces responded by firing heavy artillery at ISIS positions in the villages of Wahshiya, Hesasik and Tel Maled. At least 16 ISIS militants were killed.

Also on Wednesday, clashes erupted between the US-backed SDF fighters and ISIS militants near the town of Harbal, north of Aleppo City. 

“Two ISIS vehicles were destroyed and eight militants were killed in the clashes near Harbal. Also, three SDF fighters lost their lives in the clashes,” local media activist Alwan al-Halabi told ARA News. 

Coalition warplanes aided the SDF by conducting at least three airstrikes on ISIS fighting positions.

“The airstrikes forced ISIS militants to withdraw from the clashes area,” al-Halabi reported. 

The SDF spokesman Ahmed Sultan confirmed that the clashes stopped around midnight on Wednesday. “Supported by the coalition’s air raids, our forces were able to repel the attack. ISIS terrorists were eventually forced to withdraw.” 

Reporting by: Siman Jiwan

Source: ARA News

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