Militants of the Islamic State (ISIS). File photo
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MANBIJ – Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Wednesday announced the death of the chief of the ISIS-led Hisba police in the northern countryside of Aleppo.
Abu al-Hayjaa, head of the Islamic State’s Hisba police force in Manbij city north of Aleppo was killed in clashes with SDF fighters.
The SDF confirmed in a statement, obtained by ARA News, that Abu al-Hayjaa was killed along with dozens of other ISIS militants in an offensive by the SDF-led Manbij Military Council inside the city of Manbij, near the border with Turkey.
“Subsequent to fierce clashes on with ISIS militants, our forces captured the Hatabat district in Manbij city on Wednesday,” a spokesman for the SDF told ARA News.
“Al-Hisba chief Abu al-Hayjaa and four of his escorts were killed in the clashes. Also, over 27 other members of ISIS were killed under heavy bombardment by our forces,” the official said.
The Manbij Military Council, assisted by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), have captured more than 105 villages and farms since the start of the operations on 31 May, military sources reported on Tuesday.
The Manbij Military Council managed to take control of many villages in a short time. However, civilians are held hostage and used as human shields by the Islamic State (ISIS) extremists group.
The advances are backed by heavy airstrikes of the US-led coalition targeting ISIS at the northern and eastern vicinity outskirts of Manbij.
Ibrahim Kurdo, the foreign affairs head in Kobane, told ARA News that the US-led coalition is satisfied with the progress.
“I believe that America as well as our people are satisfied with the Manbij operation, and Manbij a strategic center of ISIS is now besieged without many martyrs and casualties,” he said. “I believe we are successful, and the international coalition is satisfied,” he said.
“[The SDF] has continued to make significant progress in seizing territory from and further isolating Daesh around Manbij,” said Colonel Chris Garver, the spokesperson of the US-led coalition.
Reporting by: Ahmed Shiwesh
Source: ARA News