U.S.-backed Syrian forces make new gains against ISIS in Raqqa, Hasakah

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Members of the SDF check a building formerly held by ISIS in northern Raqqa. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

KOBANE – Western-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Friday recaptured new areas in northern Syria subsequent to clashes with militants of the Islamic State (ISIS), military sources reported. 

The Kurdish-Arab SDF alliance was able to expel ISIS fighters from strategic towns and villages in the countrysides of Tel Abyad in Raqqa province and Sere Kaniye (Ras al-Ain) in Hasakah province, northeastern Syria.

“The SDF units liberated the Shamandour town and the villages of Saraya and Tarwaziya near Tel Abyad city in northern Raqqa province,” Kurdish spokesman for the SDF Sarhad Abbas told ARA News.

“Our forces collected dead bodies of 13 ISIS militants after the clashes, while the rest withdrew from those areas to avoid further losses under heavy blows by the SDF,” Abbas said, adding that their forces have seized “a large deal of ammunition and heavy weapons during the clashes on Friday evening”.

Also on Friday, ISIS jihadis evacuated their strongholds in the Sere Kaniye countryside of Hasakah province.

“The terror group was forced to retreat from main areas in Sere Kaniye after being hit with heavy artillery shelling by our forces,” the SDF spokesman said.

At least eight ISIS militants were reportedly killed in the Sere Kaniye bombardment.  

Reporting by: Hozan Mamo 

Source: ARA News

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