Kurdish forces control major ISIS checkpoint west of Kobane

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Syrian Kurds dance in the Sheikh Maksoud neighbourhood of Aleppo after Kurdish fighters said they took full control of Kobane. File photo: Reuters

ARA News

Suruc, Turkey – On Friday, the joint Kurdish forces (People’s Protection Units “YPG” and the Peshmerga) regained control of the biggest checkpoints held by militants of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) in the western countryside of Kobane (Ain al-Arab) in the province of Aleppo, in northern Syria, military sources reported. 

Speaking to ARA News on the phone, YPG fighter Abu Ali Osman said that Jeb al-Faraj checkpoint and a large part of  the village of Jeb al-Faraj in the town of Shuyookh are now under the control of the joint forces.

“Our forces regained new villages including Khirbet Atto, Jadid and Qasimiyah, after fierce clashes against IS terrorist,” he added.

According to Kurdish military sources, at least 30 militants of the IS group were killed during Friday’s clashes.  

Additionally, the joint forces retook the villages of Nassiro and Kek Dada near Qara Qozak Bridge, in southern Kobane, announcing the bridge, Serrin’s junction and silos as a military zone.

Also on Friday, the U.S.-led international coalition’s warplanes struck IS-held locations near the bridge of Qara Qozak, killing a number of militants and destroying an armored vehicle. 

The Kurdish joint forces have so far been able to regain control of more than 250 villages in the countryside of Kobane, pushing IS militants back towards Jarablus from the west and Raqqa from the southeast. 

 

Reporting by: Ali Ahmed

Source: ARA News 

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