On July 6, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced in an official statement that its units liberated 330km2 of the southern al-Hasakah countryside from ISIS between June 24 and July 5. According to the US-backed group, the liberated area includes the following villages:
Tuymin, Sa’dah, Suyan, Huayjah, al-Rihaniyah, al-Suraji, Ghadir Abdullah, al-Madina, Wadiyat al-Shuk, Galgham, Khirat Gharbi, Zakhir, al-Dabja, Jalib Nada, Khirat Sharqi, Sqar, Wadi Abu Hamdi, Wadi al-Shaj’a, Shaiym, Kulib Fuqani, al-Syha, Abu Fas, Ruyh, Khazim, Mushyrfah, Kulib Tahtani, Abar al-Abd, al-Ajrash, al-Ajrush, Kalkalah.
The SDF said that its fighters clashed with ISIS cells four times during their advance, as a result four fighters of ISIS were killed and eight others were captured. Light weapons and a communication device were also captured by SDF fighters.
The US-led coalition conducted four airstrikes to facilitate the SDF’s operations in the southern al-Hasakah countryside, according to the SDF’s statement. These airstrikes killed eight fighters of ISIS and destroyed two vehicles, a motorcycle and a position of the terrorist group.
The SDF resumed its military operation against ISIS in the southern al-Hasakah countryside on July 1. Once the area is secured, US-backed forces will launch a new operation against the remaining positions of ISIS along the eastern bank of the Euphrates River, according to a recent report of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).