US-backed Kurds reject IS demand for a ‘secure corridor’ into Turkey

HAJIN (ANF) – YPG-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are making further advances in the ongoing final phase of the Operation Cizire Storm against ISIS mercenaries in Hajin region of Deir ez-Zor.

Stranded in a narrow area in the village of Upper Baghouz (Baxoza Jorîn) in Hajin region, ISIS mercenaries have demanded the SDF forces to open a ‘security corridor’ to cross into Idlib through Turkey, reported Hawar News Agency (ANHA).

SDF has rejected the demand of ISIS.

ISIS mercenaries are taking civilian population captive and using them as human shields in an attempt to impede the advance of SDF forces.

Syrian Democratic Forces had launched the final phase of the Operation Cizire Storm against ISIS to the east of the Euphrates on September 10, 2018. The offensive is focused on Hajin town which is considered to be the last stronghold of the terrorist organization in the region.

On October 31, SDF temporarily suspended the operation in response to the attacks launched by the Turkish state focusing on Kobane and Gire Spi.

SDF announced on November 11, 2018, that they were resuming the operation upon the talks between the SDF General Command and International Coalition officials, diplomatic efforts and positive calls of SDF allies that are fighting terror.