ISIL Seize Back Al-Shadadi Shortly After Losing Town In N.E Syria

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ISIL terrorists in a tough battle with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) took back a major part of the town of Al-Shadadi in Hasaka province in Northeastern Syria on Monday.

The town was only liberated at the weekend by Kurdish “People’s Protection Units” (YPG) and the SDF.

Fars News reports:

“The ISIL also seized back Village 47 from the Kurdish forces in addition to al-Shadadi town,” the Arabic-language Anab Baldi news website quoted media activist Ebrahim al-Habash as saying today.

Al-Habash noted that the ISIL exploded two military vehicles in Village 47 and two other vehicles in Dabshieh village in Southern Hasaka.

Al-Shadadi came under siege by the Kurdish forces on Friday and then captured on Saturday and after SDF units seized full control of tens of villages in the Kurdish-populated region.

The strikingly rapid advances of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Kurdish “People’s Protection Units” (YPG) in Northeastern Syria started after they forced the ISIL terrorist group to retreat from vast regions in the Eastern parts of Hasaka Province on Thursday.

Islamic State fighters captured by SDF near al-Shadadi on February 18

The SDF and YPG won back the Assyrian-populated village of Al-Kharitah, also known as Gesaya, and four nearby villages around al-Hawl in Hasaka Province in a surprise attack as their other units have been striking hard at the ISIL, Al-Nusra Front, Ahrar al-Sham and other terrorist groups in the Northern parts of Aleppo province in Northwestern Syria in conjunction with the Damascus army, National Defense Forces and Hezbollah.

The YPG Kurds have recently bonded with the Damascus government. The Syrian army sent several arms cargoes to the YPG troops in the Northeastern province of Hasaka and trained the first group of Kurdish volunteer forces in the provincial capital city of Hasaka earlier this month.

The SDF that is comprised of mainly Kurdish fighters as well as a few hundred Syrian Arab dissident forces have received trainings from the US and have been provided with scanty US-coalition air support in their battles in Raqqa province in Northeastern Syria; but in Northern and Northwestern battlefronts, they have been operating alongside the YPG and received the Russian air backup in their Aleppo wars that started with the conquest of Tishrin Dam on the Euphrates early in February.

Assisted by the Syrian army – that has along with popular forces and Hezbollah conquered almost all militant-held regions in Eastern, Southern, Western and Northwestern Aleppo province – and Russian air support, the Kurdish forces fighting against the terrorists in North-Northeast Aleppo province have been making striking advances against the Al-Nusra, Ahrar al-Sham and ISIL terrorists in February.

Last week, YPG and SDF fighters prevailed over the terrorists in the highly strategic city of Tal Rifat in Northern Aleppo and captured the city.

The YPG, who enjoyed the Russian air backup, prevailed the terrorists’ positions from the Western direction and shook hand with the Kurdish units of the SDF who entered the town from the North.

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