ISIS claims suicide attack on headquarters of Kurdish-Arab alliance in Hasakah

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Fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces gather in the town of al-Hawl on the Syrian-Iraqi border after regaining the key town from ISIS militants. Photo: ARA News

ARA News 

HASAKAH – Radical group of the Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for a car bomb attack that hit a security center for the western-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the northeastern province of Hasakah on Monday.

An ISIS jihadi detonated a vehicle loaded with explosives at the main gate of the SDF security center in al-Hawl town in Hasakah countryside, a military source said.

“Nine SDF members were killed and four more were injured during the terror attack,” a spokesman for the SDF told ARA News in Hasakah. 

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement released by the jihadi Amaq agency, saying the operation targeted “mercenaries of the crusader coalition” –in reference to the U.S.-led coalition that has been bombing ISIS strongholds across Syria and Iraq for nearly two years. 

The SDF, which includes Kurdish, Arab and Christian troops, had recaptured the strategic town of al-Hawl on Syria-Iraq border in September, 2015.

Noteworthy, the Syrian Democratic Forces, backed by the U.S.-led coalition’s air cover, have expelled ISIS militants from more than 240 towns and villages in northeastern Syria since the start of its operations last September.   

Reporting by: Ahmed Shiwesh 

Source: ARA News

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