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A Kurdish-led force supported by an American-led anti-jihadist coalition said Sunday that it was resuming its offensive against ISIS in eastern Syria.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an Arab-Kurdish alliance, had announced it was suspending its operation on October 31 after Turkish forces shelled Kurdish militia posts in northern Syria.

The SDF said the decision followed “intensive contacts” with the international coalition and “strong diplomatic activity” to defuse the crisis.

“The leadership of the Syrian Democratic Forces has decided to resume military operations against [ISIS], and work towards its definitive defeat,” the SDF said in an online statement.

“While it remains determined to chase down terrorism, [the SDF] also confirms its determination to protect the northern border of Syria.”

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said the operation had not yet resumed, although SDF reinforcements had been sent to the area. However, it said the international coalition had continued to carry out air raids on the area, killing dozens of jihadists as well as civilians.

– With reporting from Agence France-Presse

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