المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

The Syrian Democratic Forces seize the town of al- Hol in the eastern countryside of al- Hasakah

Al- Hasakah Province:

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which consists of Jaysh al- Thuwar, Borkan al- Furat Operation Room, Jaysh al- Sanadid and the Brigade Groups of al- Jazira, the Syriac Military Council, the People’s Defense Units (YPG), the Women’s Defense Units (YPJ), backed by US-led coalition airstrikes could seize the strategic town of al- Hol located in the eastern countryside of al- Hasakah after violent clashes with IS militants. The clashes resulted in the death of dozens of IS militants and seizing huge quantities of weapons and ammunition left by the extremists. However, this is considered the first strategic advancement carried out by SDF after establishing it in October, 2015.

 

The General command of the Syrian Democratic Forces announced in a footage, SOHR received a copy of it, start of a campaign to liberate the southern countryside of al- Hasakah controlled by “Islamic State”. The announcement stated, “Today, we declare the first step of our military action within a plan of liberating the whole Syria from the terrorist gangs. On this base, we declare the start of a campaign to liberate the southern countryside of al- Hasakah with the participation of all factions of Syrian Democratic Forces and the support of US-led coalition warplanes. Our campaign is going to continue until liberating all the occupied areas in al- Hasakah by terrorist organization of Daesh and until restoring security and stability to the area.

 

“We appeal to our people in Syrian generally and in al- Hasakah particularly to support our forces that come in order to liberate them from the oppression of Daesh. We also appeal to them to get away from “Islamic State” positions which has tried to use them as human shields to protect themselves from our strikes and turning you to hostages. Our forces are your national forces, so support and join them,” the Syrian Democratic Forces added.

 

It is noted that in October 11, it was announced the establishment of the Syrian Democratic Forces that contain Arab, Kurdish and Syriac fighters, where SOHR received a copy of that announcement stated by YPG and other factions. The announcement stated, “Due to accelerate conditions in both the political and the military development and the sensitive phases our country has gone through, there must be an establishment of a unified national military force to all Syrians consisting of Kurds, Arabs, Assyrians and all others living in the geographical locations of Syria. The Syrian Democratic Force is to launch a self-governing Syria. Relishing under the shadow of this force is the Syrian people who would be willing to live in freedom, impartiality and dignity with inclusiveness to all for obtaining their legitimate rights. And on this basis, the following military groups have declared to establish the Syrian Democratic Forces.

 

1-    Syrian Arab Coalition that contains Jaysh al- Thuwar, Borkan al- Furat Operation Room, Jaysh al- Sanadid and the Brigade Groups of al- Jazira.

2-    The Syriac Military Council

3-    The People’s Defense Units (YPG)

4-     The Women’s Defense Units (YPJ)

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