US-led coalition cooperates with Syrian rebels to cut off ISIS supply line on Iraqi border

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Rebel fighters of the New Syrian Army. File photo

ARA News 

HASAKAH – The US-led coalition said on Friday that it has been coordinating with Syrian rebel fighters in a new operation aimed at cutting off a main supply line for the Islamic State (ISIS) on the Syrian-Iraqi border.

Colonel Chris Garver, a spokesman for the US-led anti-ISIS campaign, said the coalition is supporting rebels of the New Syrian Army in the ongoing operation aimed at retaking al-Bukamal city in the eastern Deir ez-Zor province. 

Located on the border with Iraq, al-Bukamal is considered a major ISIS supply line between territories under the group’s control in Syria and Iraq. 

“The operation for retaking this jihadi border crossing is ongoing,” Garver said, adding there is a high level of coordination between the coalition’s air forces and the ground troops of the New Syrian Army.  

Military sources reported that the rebel fighters have entered the administrative borders of al-Bukamal and took over a number of ISIS positions there on Tuesday midnight.

The New Syrian Army was formed some 18 months ago from rebel fighters driven out of eastern Syria by ISIS as it expanded its territories in mid-2014 following the capture of the Iraqi city of Mosul.

This comes as the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) continued their military operations against the Islamic State in northern Syria, especially at the battlefront of Manbij pocket on the border with Turkey. 

Reporting by: Ahmed Shiwesh 

Source: ARA News

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