FILE PHOTO: A fighter from the Syrian Democratic Forces (Sdf) rides on a vehicle in the village of Baghouz, Deir Al Zor province, Syria, February 18, 2019.
“Many of them (also) ...continue to be subjected to intensified air and ground-based strikes by the U.S.-led Coalition forces and their Sdf allies on the ground,” Bachelet said in a statement.
ISIS released 10 Sdf fighters it had been holding on Sunday, but it was not clear what, if anything, the extremists would get in return, the Observatory said.
Kobani said there was discussions about perhaps French and British troops supporting the Sdf in Syria.
After years of fighting IS, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (Sdf) hold hundreds of foreigners accused of fighting for the group, as well as their wives and children.
They have prevented civilians from fleeing by blocking roads out of the village of Baghouz, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (Sdf) fighting them said on Sunday.
However the looming US departure has created a deadline for those governments whose citizens joined IS and have now been captured by the US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (Sdf).
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The United States will have to sever its military assistance to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (Sdf) battling Islamic State if the fighters partner with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad or Russia, a senior U.S. general said on Sunday.
Sdf spokesman Mustefa Bali said IS had blocked roads out of their holdout, preventing those remaining from escaping to safety.
In an interview on Friday, Votel told Reuters he would recommend continued arms and aid to the Syrian Democratic Forces (Sdf) as needed, provided the Kurdish-led fighters keep the pressure on Islamic State and help prevent its resurgence.