ISIS advances in Kobane countryside amid Kurdish retreat

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Kurdish fighters from the YPG during clashes against ISIS militants in the countryside of Kobane. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Urfa, Turkey – Subsequent to clashes with militant fighters of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS), the joint forces withdrew from southern areas of Kobane, northern Syria, Kurdish military sources reported on Monday.

Speaking to ARA News in Kobane, Noureddin Gaban, fighter in ranks of the People’s Protection Units (YPG), said that the joint forces withdrew “tactically” from a location southeast of the town of Sirrin, after IS jihadists launched an offensive during which various kinds of weapons were used.

“In eastern Sirrin, the clashes have currently stopped, but they continue north of the town, amid intense sorties by the U.S.-led coalition’s warplanes,” he added.

The Islamic State group carried out an offensive spanned from the village of Mitras to the areas near Jalabiya in the ​​southeastern countryside of Kobane, during which time fierce clashes broke out between the group’s militants and the Kurdish YPG forces.

“The radicals were able to advance and gain control over one of the Kurdish units’ checkpoints, coinciding with sorties by the U.S.-led coalition’s warplanes without targeting any IS-linked locations on Monday,” another military source told ARA News.

Casualties were reported on both sides during the battles, according to the same source.

This comes days after the departure of the Peshmerga forces from Kobane towards Iraqi Kurdistan, who have been backing Syrian peers in anti-IS operations in Kobane over the last few months. The decision of the Peshmerga to leave Kobane came after the completion of their mission of liberating the city from IS jihadists.

According to Kurdish activists the recent advances reported by the IS hard-line militants are due to the loss of supportive from heavy weapons backing the Kurdish forces in their war against one of the most brutal and well-armed radical organizations in the world.

 

Reporting by: Jan Nasro

Source: ARA News

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