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HASAKAH – Colonel Talal Ali Silo, the official spokesman of the Kurdish-Arab alliance of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and commander of the Jaish al-Thuwar group in Hasakah, said their forces coordinate with the U.S.-led international coalition in the military operations against the extremist group of Islamic State (ISIS).
“Our forces are coordinating with the U.S.-led coalition in every step in the anti-ISIS operations in Hasakah,” Silo said in an exclusive interview with ARA News.
“We have a high degree of coordination with the international coalition in every step during our battles against ISIS terrorists. The air cover provided by the U.S.-led coalition facilitates our advance against the terror group on the ground,” he said
“Our forces provide the coalition with the targets of the terrorists,” Silo added, ruling out any contact with Russia.
The SDF spokesman confirmed that the General Command of the Kurdish-Arab alliance in Syria is “the only authorized party” to take the decision of whether cooperating with Russia, adding “the main objective of our forces is to eliminate ISIS terrorists and liberate the occupied territory.”
“After having completed the mission in Hasakah, our forces would either head to ISIS-held Raqqa or Aleppo’s north to continue the war on terrorism,” he said.
“As we advance on ground, we will form local civilian and military councils to run the liberated areas,” Silo told ARA News.
“Our top priority is to combat the ISIS hardline group because most of the military fronts in Syria are in direct contact with the group,” he said.
Answering a question by ARA News about the SDF’s position towards the remaining security centers of the Syrian regime in Hasakah province, the spokesman said: “They (regime’s centers) do not constitute a burden on us or on the Syrian people at the moment.”
“Our main goal is to secure the liberated areas and to provide our people with the needed services,” he concluded.
Last week, the Syrian Democratic Forces started a large military campaign in the eastern countryside of Hasakah, particularly in vicinity of the ISIS-held town of al-Hawl near the border with Iraq. The SDF troops have liberated more than 35 villages and several gas stations from the radical group over nearly one week of operations.
The SDF includes the Kurdish forces of YPG and YPJ; the Syriac Military Council; the Arab tribal group of al-Sanadeed; al-Jazeera brigades; Jaish al-Thuwar group and Burkan al-Furat battalion.
Interview by: Qehreman Miste
Source: ARA News