Militants withdraw from several neighbourhoods in Kobane: YPG

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Islamic State's positions in northern Syria targeted by the international coalition's fighter jets. File photo

ARA News

Kobane, Syria – The insurgents of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS), an al-Qaeda offshoot, failed to achieve any progress in the neighbourhoods of the Kurdish city of Kobane (Ain al-Arab) , northern Syria, after two consecutive days of clashes with the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG), local sources reported.

Speaking to ARA News in Kobane, the leading member of the YPG, Chekdar Kobani, emphasized that the U.S.-led coalition’s strikes which targeted the IS-led military vehicles in the neighborhoods in south and east of the city since last night, forced the group to withdraw to the outskirts of the city.

“The successful strikes by the coalition on Sunday destroyed several military vehicles and heavy weapons of the IS group and pushed it to withdraw from the major neighbourhoods,” Kobani said, adding that several villages which were recently controlled by IS militants in the countryside of Kobane were evacuated on Sunday for fear of airstrikes.

The coalition’s attacks alongside the YPG’s operations on the ground, helped stop the IS group’s advancement into the center of Kobane, which improved the position of the Kurdish forces defending the city, according to the YPG’s fighter.

 

Reporting by: Jan Ali

Source: ARA News

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