ISIS fights back north Raqqa

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Militants of the Islamic State. File photo

ARA News

Erbil, Kurdistan Region – Taking advantage of absence of the U.S.-led coalition’s warplanes, militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) regained Monday some areas north of Raqqa, pro-IS sources reported.

IS insurgents were able to retake the town of Ain Issa and ‘Brigade 93’ in Raqqa province, northeastern Syria, in addition to several villages, including Sharkark village northeast of Ain Issa. 

However, sources close to the People’s Protection Units (YPG) told ARA News that the Kurdish forces regained the town of Ain Issa on Monday evening, hours after IS control.

“A group of IS jihadists were able to infiltrate into Ain Issa from the east and engaged in clashes with Burkan al-Furat rebels, but our (YPG) troops regained the town this evening,” a YPG fighter told ARA News.

The IS official agency al-Amaq reported that a car bomb struck a gathering of the Kurdish units northeast of Ain Issa in the countryside of Raqqa, without reference to the casualties.

On Sunday night, IS jihadists carried out fierce attacks on Kurdish-held areas north of Raqqa, which caused clashes between the group’s militants and YPG forces. No reports of casualties. 

 

Reporting by: Sarbaz Yousef

Source: ARA News

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