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Ash-Shaddadi: IS withdraws without a fight from a strategically important city

KurdWatch, February 25, 2016—On February 18, 2016, the Syrian Democratic Forces, dominated by the People’s Defense Units (YPG) of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) captured several villages around the strategically important city of ash‑Shaddadi, fifty kilometers south of al‑Hasakah from the Islamic State (IS). The following day the city was seized without any significant resistance. There are numerous oil and gas sources near ash‑Shaddadi as well as a large gas bottle factory in the city. Thus the city had been an important source of income for the IS. Already on February 16, the IS had withdrawn from many villages and a large power station east of Aleppo and left it to the Syrian regime.

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