Islamic State extremists losing ground at Syrian-Iraqi border


Militants of Islamic State opening border line between Syria and Iraq. File photo

ARA News

Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan The U.S. fighter jets supported by the international coalition forces carried out several air strikes against strongholds of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) near the Syrian-Iraqi borders in the early hours of Monday.

Air strikes hit more than eight targets including the village of Hemedan and other surrounding villages, where hundreds of IS militant fighters are located.

Speaking to ARA News from the Syrian-Iraqi borders, activist Simko Ahmad reported: “Airstrikes targeted Hemedan (in Hasakah province, northeastern Syria) following news about IS members’ attempt to enter Iraqi Kurdistan.”

“The strikes forced IS militants to withdraw from border villages under their control,” Ahmad said.

US Navy F18 aircrafts attacked IS-held areas near Rabiaa in Iraq as well as three areas southwest of Mosul, in northwestern Iraq.

Aziz Sillo, a resident of IS-held Shingal area, spoke to ARA News on the phone, saying that new on-ground developments took place in Shingal (in Nineveh province, northern Iraq) following the U.S.-led coalition’s airstrikes in Shingal and Baa’j on Sunday evening.

“Zorafa and Dokri complexes were attacked by IS militants, where clashes lasted for more than three hours, then Kurdish forces of the Peshmerga counter-attacked forcing the IS group to withdraw after large losses among its militants and the destruction of three military vehicles,” Sillo reported.

Meanwhile, the Peshmerga forces reportedly attacked the IS-held town of as-Sunoon on Monday, killing and injuring dozens of IS militants.


Reporting by: Serbaz Yusif

Source: ARA News

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