On June 9, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) continued its military operation in the southern al-Hasakah countryside and captured the village of Abu Hamdah which is located 4,5km north of the strategic town of Dashisha near the Syrian-Iraqi border, according to the Kurdish Hawar News Agency (ANHA).
“Heavy clashes between us and the mercenaries [ISIS] took place in the village,” Jabal Karimah, a fighter of the SDF, said to ANHA describing the battle in Abu Hamdah. He added that the SDF destroyed an ISIS car bomb during the clashes.
Meanwhile, the US-led coalition announced that its artillery conducted cross-border fires supporting the SDF’s ground attack on Dashisha. The Iraqi Air Force also stepped up its aerial operations to support the SDF, according to the coalition.
The #Iraqi Air force has increased its operations tempo as #SDF clears Daesh remnants in Dashisha #Syria. Phase two of #OperationRoundup is bolstered by coordinated #Coalition and Iraqi cross-border air and artillery strikes. #DefeatDaesh pic.twitter.com/KTJXqSeC0P
— Inherent Resolve (@CJTFOIR) June 9, 2018
ISIS fighters appear to be unable to stop the rapid advance of the SDF towards Dashisha. Due to this it could be expected that US-backed forces will reach the strategic border town within a few days.
Photos of the US-led coalition artillery in Iraq: