Sere Kaniye, Syria– On Saturday, the Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) reported control of five villages and approximately 13 farms in the countryside of the Kurdish city of Sere Kaniye (Ras al-Ain), northeastern Syria, following clashes with militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIL).
The Kurdish fighters seized the villages of Amir, Nofalah, Tulan, Noah and Khirbet Abu Bakr after carrying out military operations against strongholds of the IS militants, who forcibly withdrew after one week of clashes.
In the mean time, the southern and southwestern villages of Sere Kaniye are experiencing fierce clashes between the YPG and IS militants, where the former recorded progress over about 30 kilometers.
Speaking to ARA News in Sere Kaniye, Orhan Baghok, member of the YPG Media Center, said: “IS militants were fleeing under the shelling of our fighters (YPG).”
“This anti-IS military campaign in Sere Kaniye is to rid the area of these terrorist groups, easing the burden on Kobane through opening more than one front against the IS,” Baghok said.
“The tactic of opening other fronts with IS group will weaken its ability and disperse its forces. This campaign will continue until the goal is achieved of expelling this barbaric group from Sere Kaniye and the entire Kurdish soil in Syria,” Baghok told ARA News.
Militant fighters of IS are still in control of dozens of villages in the countryside of Sere Kaniye as well as the vicinity of the town of Tel Temir, both located in Hasakah province, northeastern Syria.
Reporting by: Deisam Haji
Source: ARA News
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