Kurds seize more villages northeast Syria amid ISIS retreat

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Kurdish fighters of the YPG seize a number of guns from ISIS after clashes near Sere Kaniye, northeastern Syria. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Sere Kaniye, Syria – Subsequent to fierce battles with militants fighters of the Islamic State (IS/ISIL), the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) regained Tuesday a number of villages and farms in the southern countryside of Sere Kaniye (Ras al-Ain) in Hasakah province, northeastern Syria, military sources reported. 

The YPG’s advancement was supported by the U.S.-led international coalition’s warplanes.

The General Command of the YPG issued a statement, of which ARA News received a copy, saying the YPG forces seized control of several villages south of Sere Kaniye, including Oum Masamir Areb, Gharbi, and Haji Qadri (7 km south of Sere Kaniye).

“Our units (YPG) were also able to control both Hwaij and Tel Hamama villages (7-10 km south of Sere Kaniye) on Tuesday afternoon,” the YPG’s leadership said.

YPG sources told ARA News that the last operation comes within the framework of the military campaign launched by the Kurdish forces against IS extremists in northeastern Syria, aimed at linking the fighting front of Tel Temir with the front of Sere Kaniye, in Hasakah province.

According to the same sources, the U.S.-led coalition’s warplanes played a remarkable role in the advancement of the Kurdish forces during the recent anti-IS operations, enabling the units control several villages and seize a large deal of weapons and ammunition from the radical group.

This comes amid conflicting reports about the YPG’s control of the village of Ghibish near the town of Tel Temir. 

 

Reporting by: Haitham Haji

Source: ARA News

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