Western-backed Syrian Democratic Forces bomb major ISIS stronghold

Fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces are seen near the town of al-Hawl after being retaken from ISIS. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

HASAKAH – The Kurdish-Arab alliance of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Sunday bombed a main stronghold for the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) in the northeastern province of Hasakah, local sources reported. 

The SDF shelled the ISIS-held town of Arisha with heavy artillery and mortar fire. 

“ISIS militants are heavily deployed in Arisha town. The SDF’s bombardment on the town was aimed at destroying ISIS major headquarters there in a bid to storm Arisha and retake it from the militants,” local media activist Ali Farraj told ARA News. 

At least four ISIS vehicles were destroyed and some 15 militants were killed in the attack, according to a spokesman for the SDF.

Arisha, located some 33km south of Hasakah, is considered one of the strategic strongholds for ISIS extremists in northeastern Syria. 

“Retaking Arisha town in southern Hasakah would enable our (SDF) troops to continue their advance against Daesh terrorists towards Shaddadi city,” the source said, using the Arabic acronym for ISIS.

The western-backed Kurdish-Arab alliance of the SDF has regained more than 220 villages and towns in Hasakah province from ISIS over nearly two months of military operations. 

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) include Kurdish units of the YPG and 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: Qehreman Miste

Source: ARA News 

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