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Russian-backed Syrian Democratic Forces have advanced against Islamic State positions in Eastern Syria, and have moved to cut the group off from access to strategically important roads to Deir ez-Zor, Sputnik News reports.
Units of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have retaken some 47 villages in an advance on the city of ash-Shaddadi in northeastern Syria, a source told al-Mayadeen television.
Ash-Shaddadi is a key town for ISIS, which allows the group to transport forces to fight both Syrian army and SDF positions in Hasakah province, and transfer more forces to Deir ez-Zor, where the Syrian army battles the terrorists. It is also a major oil-producing area.
“Syrian Democratic Forces liberated 47 villages in southern al-Hasakah province and are nearing ash-Shadadi,” the source said.