SDF spokesman Talal Silo speaking to reporters in Shaddadi. Photo: ARA News
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HASAKAH – Subsequent to fierce battles with the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS), the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) captured an ISIS injured militant in Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah, Kurdish security sources reported.
The source confirmed that the jihadi captive was taken immediately to the National Hospital of Hasakah for treatment after his arrest.
Speaking to ARA News in Hasakah, J.K. member of the Kurdish security forces of the Asayish said that the SDF units have captured a terrorist from the radical group during battles between the two sides near Abu Khashab area south of the city of Shaddadi in Hasakah’s south.
“His health condition has been improving since his arrest on Sunday; the jihadi captive had been subjected to several surgeries in his stomach,” according to the Kurdish Asayish member.
The SDF units include Kurdish, Arab and Christian fighters –mainly supported by the United States in the war on ISIS.
The SDF military campaign in northeastern Syria aims to control the entire countryside of Hasakah province, especially after recapturing key areas from ISIS, including Shaddadi and the town of al-Hawl on the Syrian-Iraqi border.
Last February, the SDF took control of Shaddadi, while sporadic clashes continued between their fighters and ISIS sleeper cells.
The SDF military efforts to control the entire countryside of Hasakah have been suspended near the ISIS-held township of Margada–the last stronghold of the group in southern Hasakah province.
More than 275 ISIS militants were killed and 33 ISIS vehicles were destroyed at the hands of the SDF fighters in the battle for Shaddadi, according to the SDF leadership.
Also Monday, US-led coalition forces conducted a number of airstrikes in the southern suburbs of Hasakah which led to the death of an ISIS senior leader, local sources reported.
Speaking to ARA News in Hasakah, media activist Jamal Haskawi confirmed the death of the so-called Awad Ad-Dahl, a leading security member in the area of Khasham of Deir ez-Zor, in an airstrike, while in his car on the way to the southern suburbs of the province.
Over the past few months, the US-led coalition forces have intensified their airstrikes on vital locations for ISIS, killing dozens of the group’s top leaders and wounding more others. ISIS’s power has recently declined, especially after the dissidence of hundreds of its own militants.
Reporting by: Qehreman Miste and Ahmad Shiwesh
Source: ARA News