Kurdish fighters of the YPG taking part in the SDF operations against ISIS in northeastern Syria. Photo: ARA News
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ALEPPO – Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) launched a new offensive on strongholds of the Islamic State (ISIS) in the northern countryside of Syria’s Aleppo province, killing and wounding dozens of jihadis, military sources reported on Wednesday.
Backed by the US-led coalition forces, the SDF bombed ISIS positions in central Manbij, north of Aleppo.
At least 100 ISIS militants were killed and dozens more were wounded.
“Under heavy bombardment by our forces, Daesh terrorists today suffered the heaviest losses in the Manbij operation,” a spokesman for the SDF told ARA News, using another acronym for ISIS.
“After shelling their headquarters in central Manbij, the terrorists escaped the area to hide inside residential neighbourhoods,” he said.
“We have collected more than 100 corpses of Daesh jihadists, and we also destroyed several ISIS machine guns and vehicles,” the official said.
This comes just one days after the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) captured an ISIS headquarters in Western Manbij, that has been for long used by the radical group as a command centre and logistics hub.
“The Daesh [ISIS] headquarters, located in a hospital, was being used as a command center and logistics hub. The [SDF] also seized a significant amount of the city during the operation, which provided civilians the opportunity to escape,” the US-led coalition said in a statement on Tuesday.
“The SDF freed additional territory in the city of Manbij in the face of determined resistance from ISIL [ISIS],” it added.
Reporting by: Helin Saeed
Source: ARA News