Car bomb attacks hit Kobane as ISIS changes strategy

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Syrian Kurds battle IS to retain control of Kobani. In this image, an airstrikes hit a location of IS militants in the city. File photo

ARA News 

Kobane, Syria – On Sunday, the U.S.-led international coalition’s warplanes bombed sites belonging to the radical group of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS), an al-Qaeda offshoot, in the vicinity of al-Hal market eastern Kobane, northern Syria, causing damage to several military vehicles of the militants.

Meanwhile, clashes renewed between IS extremists and Kurdish fighters of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) in the vicinity of the municipality of Kobane.

This coincided with two suicide attacks by the militants against the headquarters of the YPG forces in central Kobane. At least 3 Kurdish fighters were reportedly injured.

YPG-linked sources told ARA News that the Kurdish forces are reorganizing their ranks after the withdrawal of IS militants from several locations in the city.

“Our forces (YPG) are getting ready to carry out further military operations against IS terrorists. We will not stop until  Kobane and other Syrian Kurdish areas are completely free of IS,” the source said, on the condition of anonymity.

In the meantime, IS militant fighters carried out another car bomb attack in the northwestern part of the city, targeting YPG-held building near the city’s municipal bus garage. The attack resulted in the injury of two civilians who were reportedly transferred to the recently established field hospital in Kobane.

According to Kurdish activists, IS is trying to intensify its attacks against the YPG forces through launching car bomb attacks.

“This is clear evidence that IS is unable to defeat the YPG through battles, thus the group tries to hit the headquarters through such terrorist bombings,” political activist Ahmed Khello told ARA News.

The Islamic State’s militants also targeted the city of Kobane with mortar fire on Sunday afternoon. At least eight mortar shells hit the city center, without causing any casualties.

 

Reporting by: Jan Ali

Source: ARA News

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