Kurdish joint forces deter ISIS-led attack south of Kobane, kill 15 militants


Kurdish fighters deter an ISIS attack on the southern countryside of Kobane. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Urfa, Turkey – On Saturday, military sources reported that clashes broke out between the Kurdish joint forces (People’s Protection Units “YPG”, Peshmerga and FSA) and Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) in the southern countryside of Kobane, in the province of Aleppo, northern Syria.

Meanwhile, the U.S.-led international coalition’s warplanes launched several raids on locations of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) in the eastern fighting front.

Speaking to ARA News on the phone, Noureddin Gaban, fighter in the ranks of the YPG, said that fierce clashes broke out and continued until Saturday evening in the vicinity of the village of al-Sunu and the Serrin’s junction south of Kobane, after an IS-led attack to regain the areas seized by the joint forces.

Gaban confirmed the death of 15 militants of the radical group during the clashes, adding that the joint forces seized quantities of weapons and ammunition.

The source added that sporadic clashes continued between the two parties since Friday in the vicinity of the village of Akbash, in southeastern Kobane, and pointed out that at least four IS extremists were killed during the clashes near Akbash.

In the meantime, field sources in the eastern front of Kobane’s countryside reported that the U.S.-led international coalition’s warplanes launched on Saturday afternoon several airstrikes against locations of the group in the vicinity of the village of al-Jirin (administratively linked to the city of Tel Abyad).

ARA News could not verify the exact numbers of casualties in the jihadists’ ranks.

Noteworthy, the western front of Kobane has been almost completely quiet after the control of the joint forces on the town of al-Shuyoukh, and the IS bombing of the bridge linking the town with the city of Jarablus in the northern countryside of Aleppo on the Syrian-Turkish border.


Reporting by: Jan Nasro

Source: ARA News

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