At least 40 ISIS militants killed in fresh clashes with Kurdish-Arab alliance north Aleppo


Dead militants of ISIS are seen in the vicinity of Tishreen Dam subsequent to clashes with fighters of the SDF. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

KOBANE – At least 40 militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) were killed on Saturday in clashes with the western-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Leadership of the SDF reported in a statement that ISIS militants launched on Sunday a new offensive against their headquarters in the vicinity of Tishreen Dam in northeastern Aleppo.

“The terror group targeted our headquarters in the environs of Tishreen Dam with several car bomb attacks in a bid to break into the recently liberated towns in the northeastern countryside of Aleppo,” the SDF said. “However, our units responded to the terrorists with artillery shelling, causing heavy losses in the group’s ranks.”

Speaking to ARA News, Habun Osman, a spokesman for the Kurdish-Arab alliance of the SDF, said: “Subsequent to clashes, we collected the corpses of at least 40 militants on Saturday evening.”

“Daesh terrorists tried to infiltrate into our headquarters in Aleppo countryside by using car bomb attacks and mortar fire. However, we are quite prepared for such moves, especially with the high coordination with the air forces of the western coalition,”  the spokesman said, using another acronym for ISIS.

Five SDF fighters were reportedly killed in Sunday’s clashes, which also caused the destruction of two SDF vehicles. 

This comes just one day after ISIS militants bombed the SDF headquarters in several northern Syrian towns, including Yusuf Pasha, Qashlah, Sadaniya, Haj Husen, Hamad and Agha. 

The radical group has been striving to regain its positions in the northeastern countryside of Aleppo for weeks, after losing key areas to the Syrian Democratic Forces, especially the Tishreen Dam which has for long served ISIS as a main supply route between Raqqa and Aleppo.   

Reporting by: Hozan Mamo

Source: ARA News

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