Islamic State bombs ancient bridge, prevents Kurdish advancement to Raqqa

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Two Kurdish fighters observe an ISIS-held village in the countryside of Kobane. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Suruc, Turkey – After fierce clashes with the Kurdish joint forces Saturday evening, the Islamic State’s (IS/ISIS) militants blew up the strategic bridge of Qara Qozak in the countryside of Kobane to disturb the movement of the Kurdish fighters in the area, military sources reported.

Speaking to ARA News on the phone, Abu Ali Osman, a member of the joint forces, said that IS terrorists bombed the ancient bridge of Qara Qozak, in an attempt to prevent the advancement of the joint forces to the group’s strongholds on the other side of Euphrates River.

“Following the collapse of the hardline group’s defenses, the group bombed the bridge as a protective strategy against the arrival of the Kurdish joint forces,” he said.

Osman also pointed out that the remaining part of the bridge is filled with explosives. 

After the bridge’s bombardment, the countryside of Kobane is isolated from the western and southern banks of the Euphrates River. The Kurdish forces can only reach the group through the Tishreen Dam and the Euphrates Dam in Raqqa. 

On Friday, at least 30 Islamic State militants were killed during clashes with the joint forces near the Qara Qozak bridge, while four Kurdish fighters from lost their lives. 

 

Reporting by: Mohammed Ali

Source: ARA News

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