ISIS digging trenches around Syria’s Margada town to impede SDF advance

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ISIS militants digging a trench on the Syrian-Iraqi border. File photo

ARA News

HASAKAH – Islamic State (ISIS) militants have started digging trenches in the vicinity of Margada, a town in northeastern Syria. On Thursday, local sources reported that fortifications were being erected to protect the town’s ISIS headquarters.

Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) recently expelled ISIS from major areas in Hasakah Governorate.

The town of Margada is the last ISIS stronghold in Hasakah. It is located on the administrative border between Hasakah and Deir ez-Zor.

“Islamic State members have dug a trench around the northern part of Margada. The project is expected to proceed and cover the town’s suburbs from all sides,” local media activist Azzam Khallawi told ARA News.

The group has also planted dozens of landmines in the vicinity of Margada in a bid to impede the SDF’s advance.

“We are already aware of those tactics by this terrorist group,” an SDF spokesman told ARA News. “ISIS believes that such kind of fortifications could prevent our forces from retaking Margada but we reassure them that we’re prepared for any scenario.”

ISIS launched a similar project in November 2015, fortifying its headquarters and digging trenches near al-Hawl. However, the project was ultimately unsuccessful as ISIS was driven from the border town by US-backed SDF fighters.

Reporting by: Qehreman Miste

Source: ARA News

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