Nine villages were seized from ISIS on Monday as the Kurdish-led ‘Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) reopened the Manbij front and pushed southwards along the Euphrates River.

With ISIS struggling to hold ground in the region, Kurdish forward units took control over the villages of Jurunli, Mahunah, Haymar al-Jays, Judayat al-Faras, Turaykiyat al-Humr, Qibab Kabir, Qibab Saghir, Sakhanah and Arudah with relative ease just hours after the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) also advanced nearby, thus cutting off the frontline territory between ISIS and the Turkish Armed Forces.

A military source informed Al-Masdar News that the SDF and Manbij Military Council are keen to take control of Al-Khafsa – this town has been fortified by ISIS militants after reaching a frontline stalemate in August 2016 following the liberation of Manbij city.

Remarkably, there are credible reports which indicate cooperation between the SDF and SAA; the latter provided artillery support for the advancing Kurdish forces.

The Russian Air Force was also operational in eastern Aleppo tonight, pulverizing a number of Islamic State gun positions.

Earlier today, SDF reinforcements and US military advisors arrived to Manbij. These forces are now spearheading the offensive. A new batch of armored vehicles and technicals were also provided to the SDF.

Al-Khafsa is strategically important as it supplies the provincial capital of Aleppo with water; recently, this facility was shut down by ISIS while the latter flooded some government-held villages in the region.

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With heavy clashes ongoing on the near perimeter of Al-Khafsa, the town is expected to fall either overnight or tomorrow.

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Stern Daler

IMHO it would be only remarkable if there was no cooperation between the SDF and SAA.

p.s. All fight the invaders now. When they are gone I and my brother fight my cousins or maybe we will keep peace and marry.

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Nestor Arapa

Acuerdo con la opinión, a pesar de las diferencias enfrentar al enemigo común, expulsar al ejercito invasor de erdogan

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Stern Daler

Thx. And another report says they have already opened trade links between SAA and SDF held areas.

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Qawas : has a raw water intake (36°5’42″N 38°2’1″E) and near, Al-Khafsa (36°11’44″N 38°4’21″E) has also a raw water intake, little.
Which use of them ❓

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Stern Daler

Thx for info. Best SAA or SDF take them in working condition.

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Assad must stay

I fear that SDF could seize the north, and SAA the south intake.
We will see what happends.

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Stern Daler

They will find a solution. All need water.

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Françoise LAGATHU

Very good news;

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SDF means USrael backed separatists. Stupid Syrians are happy when the CIA stolen their soil. Yeah, go SDF go, What’s more the so called ISIS is an excuse for Kurds to create its own country. Every single village “liberated” by Kurds is lost for Syria. The same in Iraq.

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Karel Vd Geest

The SAA supporting a SDF advance on IS isnot that strange. It costs the SAA just some granates and nothing else and spares them the trouble to take the city themselves.

They can now concentrate on Deir Hafr and on broadening the corridor towards Manbij.

There is so much interest in coming to a local agreement between SDF and SAA that I do not think they will have much problems.