ISIS militants evacuate their families from major stronghold in Hasakah amid dramatic progress by Kurdish-Arab alliance

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Militants of the Islamic State prepare the beheading of a Syrian man on charges of apostasy in the city of Shaddadi in Hasakah province. File photo

ARA News 

HASAKAH – Militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) extremist group in the city of Shaddadi south of Hasakah have transferred most of their family members to Deir ez-Zor province in eastern Syria, local sources reported on Monday.

Dozens of private cars have left Shaddadi city carrying families of ISIS members. Most of the cars have reportedly headed to al-Mayadeen city in Deir ez-Zor province, eyewitnesses told ARA News.

“Daesh militants are evacuating their families from Shaddadi in anticipation of attacks by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF),” civil rights activist Salman Hamo said. 

“They fear the continuous advance by the SDF towards the city,” Hamo told ARA News. 

This comes amid a dramatic progress by the Kurdish-Arab alliance of the SDF in Hasakah province.

Over the past two weeks, the SDF, backed by the U.S.-led coalition’s air cover, has expelled ISIS from more than 200 villages and towns in Hasakah, including the strategic town of al-Hawl on the border with Iraq. 

The SDF leadership has announced its intention to liberate Shaddadi city in the coming days. 

Shaddadi is considered the last major stronghold for the ISIS radical group in Hasakah province. 

Reporting by: Qehreman Miste

Source: ARA News 

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