ALEPPO, SYRIA (3:00 A.M.) – The US-led “Syrian Democratic Forces” (SDF) launched a powerful assault against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on Sunday, targeting the latter’s positions in the northeastern Aleppo countryside.
The SDF reportedly attacked the towns of Hasieh and Hasajek on Sunday, where they were confronted by a large Islamic State force from Al-Bab in east Aleppo.
Following an intense firefight that lasted for part of the day on Sunday, the SDF managed to liberate these two towns from the Islamic State terrorists, leaving them within 20 km of Al-Bab.
The SDF’s push towards Al-Bab on Sunday is their first attempt to advance towards this strategic city in Aleppo’s eastern countryside.
For the Turkish-backed rebels participating in “Operation Euphrates Shield,” the SDF taking Al-Bab would be disastrous for their offensive because the latter would finally be able to link the two Rojava pockets.