Kurds extend anti-ISIS military campaign near Syrian-Iraqi border

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Kurdish fighters of the YPG near borders with Iraqi Kurdistan. Photo: ARA News

ARA News 

Duhok, Kurdistan Region – On Sunday, clashes continued between militants of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) and the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) for the third consecutive day in the countryside of Hasakah, in northeastern Syria, local sources reported.

The clashes centered in the villages of Wawiya, Umaya, Taweel, Lazaka and Salima along the border with the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. These villages are administratively linked to Yarubia (Tel Kocher) in Hasakah province, northeastern Syria.

Speaking to ARA News on the phone, Ahmad al-Shammari from Yarubia said that clashes continued on Sunday evening “amid sorties by the U.S.-led coalition’s warplanes”. 

Dozens of casualties (which included civilians) were reported on Sunday. 

“The YPG fighters stormed the village of Khirbet al-Fair in search of IS suspects,” the source added.

Also on Sunday, clashes broke out in the village of al-Shara (linked to the village of Jazaa), and in the Hasakah countryside, between gunmen of Jaish al-Karama (linked to the tribal leader Sheikh Hamidi Daham) and insurgents of the Islamic State.

ARA News could not verify the losses among the conflicting parties. Furthermore, eyewitnesses from the southwestern countryside of Qamishli told ARA News that the YPG forces inspect cars and motorcycles in the city and check the identity cards of every passenger, after reports of a possible car bomb attack by IS militants.

Both the villages of al-Shara and Salima were hit by the coalition’s warplanes on Saturday night. In the meantime, Chief of Staff of the Peshmerga forces in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Maj. Gen. Jamal Aminki said in an official statement that the Kurdish Peshmerga forces support the YPG fighters in Syria through its military campaign, which included many of the border villages of Iraq near the Syrian region, where many IS strongholds are located.

Major Aminki confirmed that the Peshmerga forces (through close coordination with the YPG) bombed several IS tactical units near the border line with heavy weapons, in preparation for eliminating IS from the borders between Syrian and Iraqi Kurdish regions. 

 

Reporting by: Diyar Haji

Source: ARA News

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