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Al-Hasakah: Syrian Democratic Forces start offensive

KurdWatch, November 8, 2015—On October 31, 2015, the Syrian Democratic Forces, a new military alliance that is dominated by the Democratic Union Party (PYD) [further information], announced the start of an offensive »to liberate the southern regions of al‑Hasakah province«. On November 1, fighters for the Syrian Democratic Forces attacked the Islamic State (IS) near al‑Hawl, approximately forty kilometers east of al‑Hasakah. The advance on the village, which is located approximately fifteen kilometers from the Syrian‑Iraqi border, was supported by air strikes by the US‑led coalition.   

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