Syrian Democratic Forces deny evacuation deal with ISIS

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Kurdish fighters of the YPG taking part in the SDF operations against ISIS in northeastern Syria. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Thursday denied reports about ISIS handing over Tabqa city and Tabqa Dam to the SDF after an evacuation deal.

“All the news and rumours about Tabqa and the Dam’s liberation after ISIS evacuated their positions through an agreement are baseless,” the SDF general command said in a statement.

The Kurdish-led SDF further said that clashes are still going on between their forces and Islamic State’s (ISIS) militants in some parts of Tabqa city, in Syria’s northern Raqqa province.

According to the SDF, there are still clashes in three neighbourhoods of Tabqa.

“All the rumors going around that we have made a ‘deal’ with Daesh [ISIS] here in Tabqa are NOT true,” Jesper Söder, a Swedish SDF member, told ARA News.

The Official Spokesperson for the SDF-led Raqqa Operations Room, Jihan Sheikh Ahmed, said that the fighting is ongoing between ISIS and the SDF, despite ISIS attempts to break the SDF-led siege on them in Tabqa by attacking the SDF in Shaddadi in Hasakah province and near Raqqa city.

“We confirm that our goal is clear, which is fighting terrorism and eliminate it wherever it is, and clear humanity from it’s evil,” she said.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News

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