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SDF frees 24 fighters from Daesh in Syria

Fighters with the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) gather in Deir Ezzor, Syria on 25 February 2019 [DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP/Getty Images]
Fighters with the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) gather in Deir Ezzor, Syria on 25 February 2019 [DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP/Getty Images]

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) yesterday announced that it had liberated 24 of its fighters previously held for months by Daesh in Syria’s eastern town of Baghouz.

“We [SDF] succeeded in securing a safe passage for civilians, and we managed to free 24 of our forces who had been kidnapped by the terrorist organisation months ago,” Kurdistan24 quoted an SDF statement as saying.

SDF, the statement added, had stopped direct confrontations with Daesh elements to spare any potential damage for civilians. “The forces had tightened the chokehold on the town Al-Baghouz, located near the Iraqi border,” SDF pointed out.

Adnan Afrin, SDF spokesperson, recently told Germany’s DPA that the liberation process of his troops was happening “in batches”.

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Afrin added that the US-backed forces had uncovered a mass grave of near Baghouz, noting that it contained the remains of men and women . “The number of bodies and their identities remains unclear,” he said.

The spokesperson explained that the discovered bodies might belong to Yazidis or Daesh fighters who were killed after the US-led coalition bomb.

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