Kobane defenders continue progress against ISIS

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Kurdish fighters of the YPG. File photo

ARA News

Suruc, Turkey –Kurdish military sources reported on Sunday that the People’s Protection Units (YPG) regained control of the strategic complex of Siran (4 km south of Kobane) after fierce clashes with militants of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS).

Speaking to ARA News on the phone, Saeed Judi, a fighter in the ranks of the YPG, said that the IS militants launched an offensive on the outskirts of the village of Kolemd, which was controlled by the defending forces of Kobane last night, followed by the outbreak of fierce clashes between the two parties.

“Dozens of IS terrorists were killed during the clashes,” Judi said.

Judi stressed that the YPG fighters regained control of the Siran complex on the highway of Aleppo, which is deemed a strategic location overlooking large areas in the southern countryside of Kobane.

This coincided with fierce clashes between both parties in the vicinity of the village of Minaz, in southwestern Kobane. 

In the meantime, the U.S.-led coalition’s warplanes reportedly launched several raids against IS military units in the suburbs of Kobane. 

In a related development, the Media Center of the YPG, confirmed in a statement issued on Sunday, that the YPG fighters killed 42 militants during Saturday’s clashes in the southern countryside of Kobane, seizing great deal of heavy and medium weapons, as well as destroying IS-manned military vehicles in the vicinity of the village of Alishar, east of the city.

Noteworthy, the YPG fighters were able to regain control of the villages of Termik, Mamed, and Kolemd on Saturday.

 

Reporting by: Mohammed Ali Ahmed

Source: ARA News

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