Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) gathering in Hasakah countryside in preparation for combating ISIS. File photo
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HASAKAH – Backed by an air cover from the U.S.-led coalition’s warplanes, the Kurdish-Arab alliance of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) seized control of al-Hawl gas station near the village of Bahrat al-Khatooniya in the vicinity of al-Hawl town in the eastern countryside of Hasakah, northeast Syria, military sources reported on Tuesday.
This comes subsequent to fierce clashes between the SDF and the extremist group of Islamic State (ISIS) in the area.
The joint Kurdish-Arab forces have also expelled ISIS militants from some six villages in the eastern countryside of Hasakah, including Hilul, Rabiaa, al-Eli, Beit Hussein, Safiyah and Horrem.
At least 13 ISIS militants were killed in Tuesday’s clashes, according to the SDF.
Speaking to ARA News in Hasakah, Kurdish fighter of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) Heval Seradar said the SDF seized control of the Hasakah-Hawl road and other key points in the area after battles with ISIS militants in the countryside of al-Hawl town, “causing heavy losses in the ranks of the terror group”.
The YPG constitutes a leading force in the SDF along with allied Syrian rebel factions.
“Warplanes of the U.S.-led coalition conducted several airstrikes on ISIS’ targets near the villages of Bahrat al-Khatooniya and al-Hamra, coinciding with intense clashes between our forces and the terror group,” the source added.
In a related development, local activists reported that ISIS insurgents have detonated a car bomb in one of the SDF’s positions in Hasakah province, resulting in the death of three SDF fighters.
Meanwhile, the Kurdish YPG forces announced Tuesday they lost two fighters during clashes with ISIS in the vicinity of al-Hawl.
Last week, the Syrian Democratic Forces announced the start of its military campaign for regaining control of the ISIS-held town of al-Hawl in the province of Hasakah near the Syrian-Iraqi border. The SDF includes the YPG, YPJ, the Syriac Military Council, the Arab tribal group of al-Sanadeed, al-Jazeera brigades, Jaish al-Thuwar group and Burkan al-Furat battalion.
Reporting by: Ahmed Shiwesh
Source: ARA News