Kurds intensify anti-ISIS operations in Syria’s Hasakah

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A Kurdish fighter of the YPG at the fighting front against ISIS in Sere Kaniye in northeastern Syria. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Qamishli, Syria – On Tuesday the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) launched an extensive assault in the countryside of Sere Kaniye (Ras al-Ain) in an attempt to eradicate militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) in the province of Hasakah, in northeastern Syria, military sources said.

Speaking to ARA News, A.B., a YPG fighter in Sere Kaniye’s frontline said (under the condition of anonymity) that the Kurdish forces mobilized some 380 fighters into the anti-IS major frontline, aiming at breaking into IS-held positions and fortifications in the southern countryside of the city of Sere Kaniye in the province of Hasakah.

“While heavy battles continued between the two sides (YPG-IS) in western Sere Kaniye, the Kurdish forces, covered by the U.S.-led international coalition’s warplanes, reported a fresh advancement in the western areas of the city,” the source added.

“Several IS-held headquarters were hit with guided missiles by the coalition’s warplanes, causing the death of a number of IS terrorists and the destruction of two armored vehicles,” the source told ARA News.

The same source confirmed that the Kurdish units seized control of the al-Warat area after IS withdrawal, while the clashes continued until the early morning hours, coinciding with intensified raids by the international coalition’s warplanes on the area of Abu Bakr and the surrounding villages in the western parts of in the town of Ameriya.

However, opposition activists reported that IS insurgents were able to regain control of al-Warat area in a few hours following the Kurdish control of it.

The YPG-IS clashes left dozens of dead and wounded in the ranks of the two parties where the radical group (IS) was able to pile the Kurdish fighters’ corpses on the ground, while many militants corpses were burned as a result of the U.S.-led coalition’s warplanes in Hasakah province.

 

Reporting by: Egid Yousef

Source: ARA News

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