U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces expel ISIS from key village south Hasakah

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Kurdish fighters of the YPG have joined the operations of the SDF against ISIS in Hasakah. File photo

ARA News

QAMISHLI – Backed by the U.S.-led coalition forces, the Kurdish-Arab joint alliance of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) liberated Thursday the key village of ad-Dawoodiya south of the city of Hasakah, northeastern Syria, from the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) after fierce clashes, local sources reported.

Speaking to ARA News in Hasakah, media activist Delovan Mohammed confirmed that the SDF was able to control the ad-Dawoodiya village after clashes with ISIS extremists.

“The joint forces then headed towards the remaining ISIS-held villages in the southern countryside of Hasakah, amid preparations to storm ISIS headquarters there,” the source added.

Mohammed pointed out that ad-Dawoodiya village was a strategic point in the southern countryside of Hasakah for “it is the first ISIS’ defense line south Hasakah”. 

In the meantime, the U.S.-led coalition bombed several fighting positions for ISIS militants in the vicinity of al-Hawl town in southern Hasakah. 

Speaking to ARA News in Hasakah, official spokesman of the SDF Talal Silo said that their forces are coordinating with the U.S.-led coalition “in every step in the anti-ISIS operations in Hasakah”.

“We have a high degree of coordination with the international coalition in every step during our battles against ISIS terrorists,” Silo said. “The air cover provided by the U.S.-led coalition facilitates our advance against the terror group on the ground.” 

On Tuesday, the joint forces seized control of al-Hawl gas station near the village of Bahrat al-Khatooniya in the vicinity of al-Hawl town in the eastern countryside of Hasakah, military sources reported.

This comes subsequent to fierce clashes between the SDF and ISIS extremists in the area.

The joint Kurdish-Arab forces have also expelled ISIS militants from some six villages in the eastern countryside of Hasakah, including Hilul, Rabiaa, al-Eli, Beit Hussein, Safiyah and Horrem.

At least 13 ISIS militants were killed in the clashes, according to the SDF.

Speaking to ARA News in Hasakah, Kurdish fighter of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) Heval Seradar said the SDF seized control of the Hasakah-Hawl road and other key points in the area after battles with ISIS militants in the countryside of al-Hawl town, “causing heavy losses in the ranks of the terror group”.

The YPG constitutes a leading force in the SDF along with allied Syrian rebel factions.

“Warplanes of the U.S.-led coalition conducted several airstrikes on ISIS’ targets near the villages of Bahrat al-Khatooniya and al-Hamra, coinciding with intense clashes between our forces and the terror group,” the source added.

In a related development, local activists reported that ISIS insurgents have detonated a car bomb in one of the SDF’s positions in Hasakah province, resulting in the death of three SDF fighters.

Meanwhile, the Kurdish YPG forces announced Tuesday they lost two fighters during clashes with ISIS in the vicinity of al-Hawl.

Last week, the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces announced the start of its military campaign for regaining control of the ISIS-held town of al-Hawl in the province of Hasakah near the Syrian-Iraqi border. The SDF includes the YPG, YPJ, the Syriac Military Council, the Arab tribal group of al-Sanadeed, al-Jazeera brigades, Jaish al-Thuwar group and Burkan al-Furat battalion.

Reporting by: Ahmed Shiwesh

Source: ARA News

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