Alliance of ethnic Arab, Kurdish and Assyrian groups have started attacking ISIL strongholds in Hasakah province.
On Oct 31,2015 a new coalition of armed opposition groups in northeastern Syria has launched an offensive against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group in the province of Hasakah, as part of it’s strive to eradicate the group from the entire country.
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which was formed in mid-October as an alliance among various ethnic factions, including Kurdish, Arab and Assyrian rebels, started attacking ISIL strongholds in Hasakah on Friday night.
“We declare the first step of our military action within a plan of liberating the whole Syria from the terrorist gangs,” the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (SOHR), quoted the group as saying in a statement.
Sherfan Darwish, the spokesman for the rebel group Burkan al-Furat – which is part of the SDF – told the AFP news agency that the coalition has targeted ISIL-held towns in Hasakah, including Shadadi and al-Hol.
He also said the fresh operations are receiving backing from US-led coalition air strikes.
In addition to Arab and Kurdish rebel groups, the SDF also includes the Syriac Military Council, a Christian faction led by ethnic Assyrians.
“When we declared the existence of the Syrian Democratic Forces we had vowed to free all Syrian soil from dirt of terrorist groups and promise the word of freedom to our people who have long suffered from terror and oppression. For that, today, October 31, we announce the beginning of the first step for our military activities. In the context of the plan to free our country Syria from terrorist groups, with the participation of all the factions within the Syrian Democratic Forces and with support and coordination with the planes of the international coalition to fight Daesh, we announce the start of a military campaign to liberate rural district to the south of the city Hasakah, Jazira region, Syria.”
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