Kurdish fighters regain village near Syria’s Qamishli after clashes with ISIS militants

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A Kurdish fighter of the YPG prepares launcher before clashes with militants near Syria's Sere Kaniye. Photo: ARA News

ARA News 

Hasakah, Syria – The Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) regained control of the village of Abu Qasayib in the southern suburb of Qamishli (Qamishlo) in northeastern Syria, following fierce clashes with militants of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS), locals reported on Thursday. 

Military sources from the YPG told ARA News in Qamishli that their fighters were able to regain control of the village of Abu Qasayib after two days of IS control.

At least 18 members of the IS radical group were killed during the clashes, while four fighters from the YPG were reported dead. 

The YPG’s Media Center issued a statement on Thursday, saying: “The IS terrorists attacked on December 22, the village of Abu Qasayib north of Tel Hamis, causing the martyrdom of four YPG fighters.” 

“On Wednesday evening, the YPG and the Women Protection Units (YPJ) launched a strategic operation against the IS terrorists in this village,” the MC’s statement read.

“The YPG and YPJ liberated the village (Abu Qasayib) after fierce clashes, killing eighteen IS terrorists and seizing arms and ammunition,” the statement added, pointing out that the clashes lasted until the early hours of Thursday morning.

“The clashes ended with YPG control over the village.”

Speaking to ARA News, an eyewitness from the village, who preferred anonymity, said that the village was first under the control of the pro-Assad forces, then seized by al-Nusra Front (al-Qaeda branch in Syria) after the beheading some of the pro-Assad members of the National Defense Army in the village’s security center. 

“Following al-Nusra’s control over Abu Qasayib, IS militants were able to expel them from the area. Several months ago, the Kurdish YPG forces regained the village, but IS militants controlled it again two days ago. Now our village is finally held by the YPG fighters,” the source added.

The village of Abu Qasayib (3 km from the town of Tel Maroof and 20 km from the town of Tel Hamis) has as a strategic position, as it leads to three major areas such as Qamishli, Tel Hamis, and Tel Maroof, so this may explain the intense desire of all the forces to gain control of it. 

On Tuesday, activists affiliated with the Islamic State published a videotape showing the group’s militants controlling the village of Abu Qasayib. 

 

Reporting by: Jiwan Ibrahim

Source: ARA News

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