Kobane defenders advance with support of U.S.-led warplanes

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Kurdish fighters of the YPG preparing for departure towards fighting fronts against ISIS militants near Sere Kniye. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Suruc, Turkey – The defending forces of Kobane in northern Syria were able to advance at the southeastern front of the city on Sunday, following days of fierce clashes with IS militants, Kurdish military sources reported.

Speaking to ARA News, Shoresh Dijla, the leading member of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) said that the defending forces of the city (the YPG, the Peshmerga, and factions of the FSA) gained access to the city’s neighborhoods located southeast of 48th Street –which has been blocked by IS militants for nearly a month. 

This came in conjunction with heavy shelling launched by Peshmerga forces, targeting the northern slope of the strategic hill of Mashta Nour, where the Islamic State’s (IS/ISIS) militants stationed their heavy weapons to  bombard central Kobane.  

“The international coalition’s warplanes also targeted IS strongholds in the south and southeast areas of the city with more than seven raids, using dozens of rockets,” Dijla added.

Local activists of the city of Kobane told ARA News that the Islamic State group bombarded various parts of the city Saturday with rockets and mortars, launched from the IS-held villages of Albalor and Mazri Abroosh west of the city as well as the slopes of Mount Mashta Nour and Maqtala district. 

“The IS bombardment caused significant damage to residential buildings in the western and northern neighborhoods of the city,” activists said.

In a related development, an IS sniper was reported killed during clashes in Kobane on Sunday, Kurdish military sources said. 

“The defending forces of the city were able to kill a Chechen sniper famous in the ranks of the Islamic State at the Muhditha school’s fighting front in southeastern Kobane, with other four members of the radical group,” a military source (who spoke on the condition of anonymity) told ARA News on the phone. 

 

Reporting by: Mohammed Ali Ahmed

Source: ARA News

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