Over 200 Qaeda militants killed in clashes with U.S.-backed Syrian forces

SDF fighters are seen during clashes with ISIS militants in Syria's northeastern Hasakah province. Photo: ARA News

ARA News 

ALEPPO – Leadership of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced the death of 216 militant fighters from al-Nusra Front, al-Qaeda wing in Syria, after two weeks of clashes in the northern countryside of Aleppo.

Kurdish-Arab alliance of the SDF had launched earlier last month an extended military operation aimed at retaking the northern countryside of Aleppo from militants of al-Qaeda and ISIS.

Over the past two weeks, clashes continued between the SDF units and al-Qaeda affiliated Nusra militants in the vicinity of Azaz city north of Aleppo.

“The recent clashes centered in the villages of Malikiya, Kashtaar and Tannab in the suburb of Azaz near the Turkish border,” a spokesman for the SDF told ARA News.

“After expelling the al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front from these villages, our forces collected dead bodies of 216 militants and detained over 20 others,” the official said.  

The SDF has also seized a large deal of ammunition and heavy weapons after taking over a weapons storage center near Azaz.

Supported by an air cover from the U.S.-led coalition, the Kurdish-Arab alliance regained control of large territories in northern Aleppo, including the villages of Shwargha, Maranaz, Mennagh, Kafr Nasih, Kafr Naya, and the towns of Ain Daqna, Tal Rafaat and Deir Jamal.    

Reporting by: Helin Saeed 

Source: ARA News

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