Kurdish female fighters of the YPJ joining the fight against ISIS north Raqqa. Photo: ARA News
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Urfa, Turkey – On Wednesday, Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Burkan al-Furat rebels regained new areas in the northern countryside of Raqqa, northeastern Syria, military sources reported.
Supported by the U.S.-led coalition’s warplanes, the Kurdish forces of YPG and allied rebels liberated the town of Ain Issa on Wednesday from the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS).
Ain Issa is considered one of the largest towns north of Raqqa. The town has been used by the IS militants as a stronghold from which they used to attack the Kurdish forces.
The strategic town of Ain Issa is located at the intersection of roads connecting Raqqa with Kobane.
“Regaining Ain Issa is a new great victory by our forces against the terrorists of IS,” YPG fighter Sarhad Abbas told ARA News.
“The Kurdish forces and allied opposition factions continue with their advancement in the southern countryside of Tel Abyad of Raqqa province.”
Abbas emphasized that the Kurdish YPG forces and allied rebels of at-Tahrir Brigade and Raqqa Brigade liberated on Wednesday the villages of Suwaihan, Abdo, Maruda Fawqani, Maruda Tahtani and Wista, after fierce clashes with IS militants.
The clashes caused the death of seven IS insurgents, while two rebels lost their lives.
The YPG’s Media Center confirmed Wednesday in a statement, of which ARA News received a copy, the Kurdish units’ control over machine guns and ammunition after clashes against IS north of Raqqa.
Reporting by: Jan Nasro
Source: ARA News