Over 20 ISIS militants killed in clashes with Kurdish YPG forces northeast Syria

Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) enter the city of Shaddadi after expelling ISIS militants form the strategic city in Syria's northeastern Hasakah province. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

HASAKAH – At least 21 militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) were killed and dozens more wounded after clashes broke out between the group and Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Hasakah province in northeastern Syria, military sources reported on Tuesday.

“Clashes erupted when ISIS militants tried to infiltrate into the recently liberated town of Shaddadi in the southern countryside of Hasakah,” a YPG spokesman told ARA News. 

“Our [YPG] units responded to the attack with heavy weapons, killing and wounding dozens of Daesh terrorists,” the Kurdish official said, using another acronym for ISIS. 

The YPG media office reported the death of 21 ISIS militants, whose corpses were collected after the clashes stopped on Tuesday evening. It added that over 30 other militants were injured and some of them were taken by the YPG as hostages. 

In mid February 2016, Kurdish YPG units and allied fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced the liberation of Shaddadi city in Hasakah province from the Islamic State’s (ISIS) militants, after months of battles with the radical group. ISIS militants had evacuated their headquarters in Shaddadi under heavy bombardment by the Kurdish-Arab alliance of the SDF, where more than 50 ISIS fighters were reported dead. The progress came just hours after the SDF units, supported by an air cover from the U.S.-led coalition, cut off a main supply route for the ISIS radical group near Syria’s northeastern border with Iraq. 

Reporting by: Qehreman Miste

Source: ARA News

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