ISIS capital in Syria under Kurdish fire

Kurdish fighters of the YPG and YPJ gather during a break from anti-ISIS battles in northeastern Syria. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Qamishli, Syria – Amid continues military campaign against Islamic State militants (IS/ISIS) north of Raqqa, Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) regained 12 new villages in the vicinity of Suluk town. 

Raqqa is considered the capital of the IS radical group in Syria. 

The YPG’s Media Center issued Saturday evening a statement, of which ARA News received a copy, saying: “Our units (YPG) continue their military operations near the IS-held town of Suluk, during which they clashed with IS terrorists in the southern and northwestern suburbs of Suluk town, causing heavy losses in the group’s ranks and liberating several new villages and farms.”

According to the statement, the villages regained by the Kurdish include Dardo, Razaki, Qalaj, Rafah, Quneitara, Khuwaitla, Dara, Ranim, and four other villages as well as eight surrounding farms.

During the clashes, the YPG forces seized a machine gun with a large deal of ammunition and an RBG (B7) with four shells from the radical group.

At least nine IS militants were killed during Saturday clashes north of Raqqa, according to the YPG Media Center. 

The YPG’s leadership pointed out that two Kurdish fighters lost their lives during the clashes.

Earlier on Friday, similar clashes took place in the northern countryside of Raqqa, during which the YPG regained control of 18 villages and eight farms that were seized by the extremist group last year.

Noteworthy, Liwa at-Tahreer of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), Raqqa’s Rebels Brigade, as-Sanadid Army and other Arab tribal forces are fighting in the front lines alongside the YPG forces in the countryside of the IS de facto capital of Raqqa. 

In another development, the death toll of the YPG forces reached 15 fighters and a number of wounded due to an IS-led attack on a YPG checkpoint in the countryside of Tel Brak town in Hasakah province, northeastern Syria, Jiwan Qamishlo, a YPG fighter, told ARA News.


Reporting by: Dilshad Mohammed

Source: ARA News

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  1. R
    June 14, 2015 at 2:57 am

    I think a new name for ISIS will be WAS WAS

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