BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:15 P.M.) – The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) kicked off the third phase of their offensive against the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) in eastern Syria.
Backed by US and French airstrikes, the Syrian Democratic Forces stormed several small towns that were controlled by the Islamic State near the Iraqi border.
According the official media wing of the SDF, their foces managed to capture the towns of Mu’ayzilah, Abu Hadid, Al-Khabrah, Taraf, Nassib, Rajm Al-Hajjanah, Rajm Hajj Al-Hamad, Al-Hamzeh, Suqqar, Kulaywah, Mulayhan, Tal Al-Jaber, and Shatnah from the Islamic State.
These aforementioned towns were seized by the Syrian Democratic Forces within a ten hour period, yesterday, forcing the Islamic State to retreat further towards the Iraqi border.
The Syrian Democratic Forces are working to secure the southeastern axis of Al-Hasakah, which is located along the Iraqi border and just north of the Deir Ezzor Governorate.
If they are successful, the Syrian Democratic Forces will have successfully expelled the Islamic State from the Al-Hasakah Governorate.
ISIS has controlled this rural region of Al-Hasakah since their emergence in Syria in the Summer of 2014.
During their peak in 2015, this part of the Al-Hasakah Governorate would be a major supply hub for their terrorists from Iraq.