Fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) gather around a dead body for an ISIS militant after expelling the radical group from Tel Abyad city in Syria's northeastern Raqqa province. Photo: ARA News
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HASAKAH – Clashes renewed on Friday between the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) in the northern countryside of Aleppo province.
At least nine ISIS militants were killed and a dozen more were wounded in clashes with the Kurdish-led SDF fighters in Manbij city near the Turkish border.
“As the battle for Manbij border pocket continues, our forces were engaged in renewed clashes with Daesh [ISIS] terrorists in the city centre of Manbij,” SDF officer Habun Osman told ARA News.
“After sporadic clashes, ISIS evacuated a neighbourhood downtown that was used by the group as a base to launch attacks on our forces in Manbij,” he said.
“We have collected corpses of nine Daesh militants,” the Kurdish official said. “Also, we’ve captured 12 injured Daesh militants. they’re now in our custody.”
Backed by a US-led coalition’s air cover, the Syrian Democratic Forces recaptured nearly 80% of Manbij border pocket from ISIS in an operation launched on 31 May, according to the SDF leadership.
Reporting by: Qehreman Miste
Source: ARA News