Kobane defenders report gains against militants

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Kurdish fighters in Kobane have reportedly advanced against militants of ISIS. File photo

ARA News

Suruc, Turkey – On Thursday, the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) –backed by the Peshmerga forces and factions of the Free Syrian Army (FSA)– launched sporadic attacks against militant fighters of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) in southeasteran Kobane, military sources reported. 

The joint forces defending the city of Kobane recorded new progress towards the road linking the area with Aleppo, and were able to force the radical group of the Islamic State to withdraw from major areas in southern Kobane, Chekdar Gabani, a field commander in the YPG forces told ARA News on the phone.

In the meantime, the international coalition’s warplanes intensified air raids on the southern and southeastern suburbs of the city where IS militants are located, killing and injuring dozens. 

The IS strongholds in the outskirts of the village of Tel Minaz and Termik, as well as al-Izaa hill, were main targets of the U.S.-led strikes on Thursday.  

“Subsequent to cutting IS supply roads of Tel Abyad (Gire Spi) and Raqqa in the east, and in conjunction with the heavy machine guns used by Pershmerga forces, the YPG fighters (who seized control of major parts of the strategic hill of Mishtanoor) are trying now to besiege IS militants in the neighborhood Maqtala and the southeastern outskirts of Kobane,” the YPG commander Chekdar Gabani stated to ARA News.

The same source confirmed that more than fifteen IS militants were killed during clashes with the defense forces on Thursday evening, while the extremist group targeted central Kobane with mortar fire.

 

Reporting by: Jan Ali

Source: ARA News

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