Kurdish members of the Syrian Democratic Forces arrive are seen in the vicinity of al-Hawl town in Hasakah countryside subsequent to clashes with ISIS militants. Photo: ARA News
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HASAKAH – Militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Saturday launched an offensive on headquarters of the western-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the northeastern province of Hasakah, military sources reported.
ISIS militants hit an SDF security center and a checkpoint near the village of Qana in Hasakah countryside with mortar fire and heavy machine guns, where at least four SDF fighters were killed and several others were injured.
“Subsequent to the terror attack, our (SDF) units were engaged in clashes with Daesh terrorists in the vicinity of Qana village,” Ali al-Jassim, a member of the SDF, told ARA News in Hasakah, using another acronym for ISIS.
The clashes resulted in the death of at least seven ISIS militants, according to the source.
In the meantime, the western coalition conducted two airstrikes on the ISIS fighting positions in the area.
“With the support of the U.S.-led coalition’s warplanes, our units were able to repel the attack and the terrorists were forced to withdraw towards their strongholds in Shaddadi city on Saturday midnight,” al-Jassim said.
Shaddadi is considered the main bastion for ISIS militant fighters in Hasakah province.
The Kurdish-Arab-Christian alliance of the SDF had earlier liberated more than 240 towns and villages in Hasakah province from ISIS. However, the group has been trying to fight back in a bid to retake positions and protect its final bastion of Shaddadi against the western-backed forces.
Reporting by: Qehreman Miste
Source: ARA News