Kurdish fighters of the YPG taking part in the SDF operations against ISIS in northeastern Syria. Photo: ARA News
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HASAKAH – Kurdish-Arab alliance of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Friday cut off a main supply route for the Islamic State (ISIS) radical group near Syria’s northeastern border with Iraq.
“SDF units have closed a strategic supply route near Shaddadi in Hasakah province after fierce clashes with ISIS militants,” the SDF leadership said in a statement.
“This progress by our forces will help paralyzing ISIS movements in Shaddadi and its surroundings, especially that the captured supply route has been for long used by ISIS to bring military reinforcements from Iraq in order to support its operations in Hasakah province against the Kurdish-led SDF,” it said.
Subsequent to clashes with ISIS fighters, the SDF recaptured on Friday a number of villages in eastern Shaddadi, including Alwah Fouqani, Mehsan and al-Hassan. The Kurdish-Arab alliance has blocked the road linking the ISIS-held areas in Hasakah with Mosul –the group’s main bastion in Iraq.
At least 23 ISIS militants were killed in Friday’s clashes, while four SDF fighters lost their lives and seven others were wounded.
The SDF, which includes Kurdish, Arab and Christian units, had earlier liberated more than 240 towns and villages from ISIS militants on the border with Iraq, including the key town of al-Hawl which has been for long used by the jihadis as a key supply route between Syria and Iraq.
Reporting by: Qehreman Miste
Source: ARA News