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Two SDF militants killed in northeastern Syria: SANA

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stands guard as Kurdish women demonstrate in front of a US base in the countryside of Hasakah province, June 27, 2020. (Photo by AFP)

Two members of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which enjoy Washington’s support, have been killed in separate incidents of bomb and gun attacks in northeastern Syria, a report says.

The official news agency SANA, citing local sources, reported on Monday that the first fatality took place after a vehicle transporting SDF militants was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED) in the east of the city of Raqqah.

The other SDF militant was killed after a vehicle working in close cooperation with the US military came under fire by heavily-armed assailants in southern Hasakah. 

The security situation has apparently been deteriorating in the areas controlled by the SDF in the provinces of Hasakah and Dayr al-Zawr.

The White House has long been providing the SDF with arms and militants. Washington says they are a key partner in the purported fight against the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group. 

Many observers, however, see the support in the context of Washington’s plans to carve out a foothold in Syria. 

Such support has also angered Turkey, which views militants of the People’s Protection Units (YPG), the backbone of the SDF, as a terrorist organization tied to the homegrown Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

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