Kurdish-Arab join forces advance against ISIS north Aleppo

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An SDF fighter taking position on the western bank of Euphrates River during clashes with ISIS militants. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

KOBANE – Subsequent to fierce clashes with militants of the Islamic State (ISIS), western-backed alliance of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) recaptured two towns in the northern countryside of Aleppo, military sources confirmed on Sunday. 

The Kurdish-Arab joint forces of SDF regained control of the towns of Tishreen and Sakaniya in the suburbs of Manbij city north of Aleppo.

At least 15 militants of ISIS were killed in Sunday’s clashes with the SDF units, which include Kurdish, Arab and Christian fighters. 

This comes just one day after the SDF units expelled ISIS militants from the Tishreen Dam on the Euphrates River, which has for long served as a supply line for the extremist group between its de facto capital of Raqqa and the northern countryside of Aleppo. 

“After liberating Tishreen Dam, our forces were able to regain the towns of Tishreen and Sakaniya on the western bank of the Euphrates River,” Kurdish member of the SDF Sarhad Abbas told ARA News. 

“ISIS is unable to support its operations near Manbij after we cut off its main supply route,” Abbas said. 

The SDF member added that their units, supported by the U.S.-led coalition’s air cover, are currently combating ISIS in Hasakah, northern Raqqa and northern Aleppo.

“The operations of our joint forces will continue until eliminating the terror group,” he said.

The SDF has recaptured more than 220 towns and villages in Hasakah province over two months since its establishment. After announcing a new anti-terror campaign last week, the alliance regained control of several areas in the northern countryside of Aleppo, beside recapturing the strategic Tishreen Dam and a large deal of weapons subsequent to clashes with ISIS.   

Reporting by: Hozan Mamo

Source: ARA News

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