US-backed SDF forces expel ISIS from 60 villages in eastern Syria, kill 172 jihadists

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SDF commanders speaking to a press conference in eastern Raqqa. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Hasakah – The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced on Tuesday that dozens of villages were liberated from Islamic State’s (ISIS) militants in eastern Syria over the past few days.

Backed by an air cover form the US-led coalition, SDF troops expelled ISIS extremists from at least 60 villages in Syria’s eastern governorates of Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor.

“Our forces have recently conducted a series of strategic attacks against ISIS strongholds in the countrysides of Dier ez-Zor and Raqqa, leading to the liberation of more than 60 villages,” an SDF spokesman told ARA News.

“We attacked ISIS headquarters in the area from several axis, killing and wounding dozens of ISIS jihadists,” he said.

According to the SDF leadership, at least 172 ISIS militants were killed and 8 others were taken captive during one week of clashes.

The SDF spokesman also told ARA News that they have seized a large deal of ammunition and weapons in the recent operation, which coincided with an ongoing campaign against the ISIS de facto capital of Raqqa, in northeastern Syria.

Reporting by: Adnan Hassan & Sober Haci | Source: ARA News

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