Kurdish Militants kill Qaeda leader in northern Syria



ARA News

Tel Abyad, Syria− A leader in the the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group (ISIL) −affiliated with al-Qaeda− was shot dead on Friday by a member of the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) in the western countryside of the ISIL-held city of Tel Abyad, in northern Syria.

Local activists said that Baghdadi −leader of ISIL-linked militia− was killed on Friday evening by a YPG sniper. 

The al-Qaeda affiliated fighters of ISIL and the YPG forces are in conflict since nearly one year for control over areas north Syria.  

J. Judi, a journalist close to the YPG, told ARA News that fierce clashes erupted in western Tel Abyad between the YPG and ISIL following Baghdadi’s death. 

“Heavy weapons have been used during the clashes, and the ISIL targeted the western countryside of Tel Abyad with mortar shells and homemade cannons,” Judi said, adding that sporadic clashes between both groups took place earlier on Thursday. 

According to Judi, who is based in Tel Abyad city, the ISIL fighters withdrew from the village of Susik (12km west of the city) after fierce clashes with the YPG fighters on Friday evening.

Judi pointed out that 3 ISIL fighters were killed and 8 others were injured in the clashes with the YPG fighters, confirming that at least 2 vehicle which belonged to the ISIL were destroyed. No YPG fighters were reported dead or injured, according to Judi.


Reporting by: Ridwan Bizar

Source: ARA News


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