The U.S. backed “Syrian Democratic Forces” (SDF) have captured the strategic city of Al-Shadadi from the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) after a violent 4 day long battle that saw these rebel forces advance several kilometers across the enemy’s terrain.

Al-Shadadi is one of the largest cities in the Al-Hasakah Governorate; it is also the gateway to the Deir Ezzor Governorate, which is mostly under the control of the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham.

With Al-Shadadi under their control, the SDF – alongside the predominately Kurdish “People’s Protection Units” (YPG) – have almost entirely eliminated the ISIS terrorists from this province in eastern Syria.

The next step to ridding the province of ISIS will be to clear the western countryside that borders the Al-Raqqa Governorate; this is one of the most volatile fronts, given that ISIS continuously targets the imperative city of Ras Al-Ayn.

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