On June 16, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) resumed their military operation in the southern al-Hasakah countryside and captured the village of Tell al-Jabir, which is located 4km west of the town of Dashisha located near the Syrian-Iraqi border, according to the Kurdish Hawar News Agency (ANHA).
Kurdish sources reported that SDF fighters continued their advance after securing Tell al-Jabir and clashed with ISIS around the Ab Musab gas station only 3km west of Dashisha, which is the main target of US-backed forces. Reportedly, several fighters of ISIS were killed during the clashes.
The US-led coalition said that French artillery and warplanes of the French Air Force (FAF) supported the SDF operation in the southern al-Hasakah countryside and targeted several positions and vehicles of ISIS around and inside Dashisha.
During the last three days, the bad weather forced the SDF to pause its advance towards Dashisha. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), ISIS fighters took advantage of this situation and launched a series of counter attacks against the US-backed forces, but failed to recapture any position.
The US-led coalition and the SDF are clearly planning to besiege the remaining fighters of ISIS inside Dashisha and than push them out of the town, as they had repeatedly done during previous battles.
French artillery and warplanes are supporting the SDF: