Fresh surge of violence hit Kobane and Raqqa as ISIS attacks Kurdish strongholds


Kurdish fighters of the YPG gathering in Hasakah countryside, northeast Syria. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

KOBANE – Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) on Monday announced the death of more than 20 militants from the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) in renewed clashes near Kobane and Tel Abyad in northern Syria. 

The YPG has also destroyed two ISIS-manned vehicles and seized a third one “loaded with a large deal of explosives”. 

Leadership of the YPG said in a statement on Monday that ISIS militants have targeted with mortar fire the villages of Mughira in the vicinity of Ain Issa town near Tel Abyad. The group has also bombed the village of Shuqef in the southern countryside of Kobane. 

“The terrorists also targeted our headquarters near the village of al-Hisha eastern Ain Issa with heavy weapons,” the statement read.

The ISIS-led attacks caused material damage and the injury of at least five people. 

“Subsequent to the terror attacks, our forces (YPG) clashed with ISIS and were able to kill more than 20 terrorists and destroyed two ISIS-manned vehicles, beside seizing another vehicles filled with a large amount of ammunition and explosive devices.” 

The Kurdish fighters have also attacked ISIS headquarters in the village of Khirbet Hilda in the northern countryside of Raqqa on Monday evening. The results of the attack were not immediately clear. 

In the meantime, the U.S.-led coalition conducted several airstrikes on ISIS positions in the eastern countryside of Jarablus, west of Kobane, during which two ISIS tactical units were destroyed. 

Speaking to ARA News, Haboun Osman, a spokesman for the YPG, confirmed that their forces have been coordinating with the U.S.-led coalition over anti-ISIS military operations near Raqqa and Kobane. 

“ISIS extremists were forced to retreat from their positions in the countryside of Ain Issa north of Raqqa as the majority of their fortifications have been destroyed outright,” he said. 

Reporting by: Jan Nasro

Source: ARA New

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One thought on “Fresh surge of violence hit Kobane and Raqqa as ISIS attacks Kurdish strongholds”

  1. John B. Schroeder says:

    ISIS has more in common with the Nazis and the Mafia than Islam.

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