Kurdish-Led SDF Advances on Daesh, Poised to Drive Terrorists Out of Key Road - PHOTOS
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) continue an offensive against Daesh terrorists in northern Syria in a bid to take control of a key road linking Kobani and Afrin, Hesen Efrini, one of the SDF commanders, told Sputnik Turkey.
In an interview with Sputnik Turkey, Hesen Efrini, commander of a Revolutionary Army unit, which is part of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), said that a SDF military operation is under way to drive Daesh terrorists out of a key road linking Kobani and Afrin in northern Syria.
The interview came after the SDF, formed in 2015 as the defense force of northern Syria's de facto autonomous Rojava federation and supported by the US-led coalition, announced in early November the launch of a military operation to liberate the northern Syrian city of Raqqa from Daesh (ISIL/ISIS). Speaking to Sputnik Turkey, Efrini said that the goal of the new offensive is to reclaim a road linking the cities of Kobani and Afrin in Syria's north from Daesh terrorists.
According to him, the SDF, composed primarily of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), has already managed to liberate at least ten villages from the terrorists.
"Since yesterday we have managed to drive Daesh out of ten nearby villages. The clashes are continuing," Efrini said, adding that the terrorists have suffered significant losses during the SDF's offensive. He also said that SDF units continue to move forward and that they have yet to cover about 12 kilometers to reach the Kobani-Afrin road.
Earlier this week, senior member of the SDF council Rezzan Hido told Sputnik that the SDF is going to start the second stage of the military operation to liberate Raqqa from Daesh in the near future.
He was positive about the first stage of the operation, saying that Daesh suffered heavy losses and lost large territories. The SDF also cleared about 1,200 mines and explosive devices planted by terrorists.
Hido added that the second stage would imply encircling Raqqa, while the assault would take place at the third stage. Operation Euphrates Rage was launched on November 5. By November 11, SDF reportedly advanced to area within 18 miles from Raqqa. Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the Free Syrian Army (FSA) is encircling the city of Al Bab in northern Syria and will soon retake it from the Daesh terrorists with support of the Turkish armed forces. ... 10