ISIS announced that 16 suicide bombers attacked positions of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the town of Al-Shadadi in the Al-Hasakah province. The suicide bombers managed to sneak into the city and attacked positions of the SDF and the US Special Forces in the districts of Masakin al-Ghar and Al-Mitin. Two other groups attacked positions allegedly belonging to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the village of Al-Hariri and the vicinity of the Rujm Salibi camp. ISIS militants shelled positions inside Al-Shaddadi with a heavy artillery and Grad rockets during the operation.
The SDF denied that ISIS attackers were able to peneterate its defense llines in Al-Shaddadi and published a video of one of the suicide bombers who detonated himself in an empty area.
Separately, ISIS launched a violent attack on SDF positions in Al-Sifsafeh in the eastern part of Tabqa town. The SDF repelled the attack, killed a group of ISIS militants and destroyed a technical.
These ISIS attacks are aimed at slowing down the progress of the SDF in Tabqa. The SDF has besieged militants in the Tabqa Dam and Al-Mashirafa north of the town of Tabqa.
The SDF also announced that clashes in the first, second and third districts in northern Tabqqa have continued until now. So far SDF troops have killed 20 ISIS militants and seized many weapons and ammunition.