Kurdish forces regain new villages near Qamishli after ISIS withdrawal

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YPG fighters are seen in the southern countryside of Qamishli, northeastern Syria, after pushing ISIS militants back from the area. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Qamishli, Syria – After fierce clashes with militants of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS), the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) took control of more villages in the countryside of Tel Hamis south of Qamishli, in northeastern Syria, local sources reported on Wednesday.

Speaking to ARA News, civil rights activist Ismail Ali from the Qamishli countryside said that the Kurdish forces achieved “remarkable advancement” with the support of the U.S.-led international coalition’s warplanes and the Kurdish Peshmerga forces.

“Subsequent to YPG’s control of several villages in the vicinity of Tel Hamis, the Kurdish forces are approaching the town of Tel Hamis itself, which is considered the main stronghold of the IS terrorists in the southern countryside of Qamishli,” he said. “Significant losses hit the ranks of the hardline group.”

A member of the YPG forces told ARA News that an Australian member of the YPG was killed during clashes near Tel Hamis on Wednesday.  

In the meantime, the YPG’s Media Center issued a statement reporting the names of the villages regained by the Kurdish forces on Wednesday.

“Our (YPG) units regained the villages of Habis, Ibtakh Jinoubi, Ibtakh al-Kabir, Hasyawiya, Khamis Tahtani, Biwetikh Jabali, Khormir Foqani, Khormir Tahtani, Hanyawiya, Madwil, Khirbet Abed and Hilewiya Saghira,” the YPG’s leadership said. All the newly controlled villages are located in the northern and eastern suburbs of Tel Hamis. 

 

Reporting by: Dilshad Ahmed 

Source: ARA News

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