Kurds report new gains against ISIS Northern Syria

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Two Kurdish female fighters at the battle front in Sere Kaniye, northeastern Syria. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Kobane, Syria – Subsequent to clashes with the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS), the joint forces (the People’s Protection Units “YPG”, FSA, and Peshmerga) regained two villages southeast of Kobane in the province of Aleppo, northern Syria, amid continued fighting in the eastern countryside of the city, military sources reported on Friday.

Speaking to ARA News in Kobane, Sarhad Abbas, a fighter in the YPG ranks said that the joint forces, backed by intense shelling of the U.S.-led coalition’s warplanes and Peshmerga’s artillery, “were able on Friday to regain the entire villages of Jalabiya and Kaltab southeast of Kobane after fierce clashes with IS terrorists”.

“The joint forces killed dozens of IS terrorists, and seized several heavy weapons and ammunitions” he added.

In the meantime, the YPG’s Media Center issued a statement, of which ARA News received a copy, saying that during Friday’s clashes in both villages, the Kurdish forces were able to destroy two IS-manned armored vehicles loaded with medium and heavy weapons.

“At least seven terrorists were killed in the clashes,” the statement added. “Then our forces were able to fully liberate the villages of Kaltab and Jalabiya.” 

The YPG leadership pointed out that in the same region clashes have continued since Friday’s morning in the vicinity of the village of Munif in the same region.

“Our fighters (YPG) were able to kill two IS gunmen and destroyed a military vehicle and its crew in the vicinity of the villages Khani and Ogbash, east of Kobane,” the YPG’s statement said, adding that two YPG fighters lost their lives during the clashes.

These clashes were intensified in south and southeast of Kobane after the IS militants launched a series of fierce attacks in the region during the past two days. 

 

Reporting by: Jean Nasro

Source: ARA News

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