Kurdish fighters regain village from Islamists

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A Kurdish fighter of the YPG plants his group's flag in ground near Syria's Kobane. File photo

ARA News

Urfa, Turkey – On Wednesday, the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) took control of the village of Ahmadiya, west of the city of  Tel Abyad in Raqqa province, after clashes with militants of the Islamic State (IS), an al-Qaeda offshoot.

The clashes erupted on Tuesday night in the villages of Zarzori, Koperlik, Hurriyat Jirin, Ahmadiya, and Abdo koy. Light and heavy weapons had been used during the clashes, activists told ARA News.

Speaking to ARA News in Tel Abyad, media activist Omid Khoshman (who is accompanying the Kurdish YPG forces) said that the YPG fighters seized earlier on Tuesday the village of Laqlaqo  (Laqlaq) southwest of Girespi (Tel Abyad), while IS militants bombarded the village of Abuhayya Korek with tank shells.

“IS militants opened several fronts in western Kobane (Ain al-Arab) on Tuesday, between1:00 pm to 5:00 pm in the afternoon, where the village of Taalik saw the heaviest clashes there, while the village of Zerik was attacked by IS militants to remove pressure on the IS-held village of Mabujjah, prompting YPG forces to open Tel Abyad front to relieve the countryside Kobane front,” Khoshman added.

Khoshman pointed out that the YPG forces “cleansed” the village of Ahmadiya after they took control of it Wednesday, adding that they bombed the IS strongholds in the village of Salib Qiran with mortars launched from the villages of Zarzouri and Jirin.

Khoshman told ARA News that the recent clashes resulted in the death of 13 IS militants, “bodies of eight militants are still laid on the battlefield ground”.

“At least 13 IS militants were killed and 18 others injured,” Khoshman reported.

The city of Tel Abyad in northern Syria fell under the control of the Islamic State nearly one year ago, while its western countryside (where Kurds constitute a majority) is controlled by YPG fighters (linked to the Democratic Union Party ‘PYD’).

 

Reporting by: Ridwan Bizar

Source: ARA News

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