Kurdish forces regain strategic town near Raqqa

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Kurdish female fighters of the YPJ joining the fight against ISIS north Raqqa. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Tel Abyad, Syria – On Wednesday, Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) reclaimed a town from militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) close to the northeastern Syrian city of Raqqa.  

The town of Ain Issa was seized by IS militants on Monday. However, Kurdish fighters of the YPG regained the town after fierce clashes with the militant group. 

YPG leadership said in a statement that their fighters were able to retake Ain Issa after launching intensive attacks on IS strongholds in the town.

Kurdish female fighters of the Women Protection Units (YPJ) participated in Ain Issa battle alongside the YPG, a Kurdish military source told ARA News on Wednesday. 

“Also, the U.S. air force played a significant role in the battle for Ain Issa by launching several strikes against IS positions,” YPG fighter Sarhad Othman told ARA News on the phone. 

The town of Ain Issa is located (50km) north of Raqqa, and is considered as a strategic area for the Kurdish forces to continue their progress towards the IS de facto capital of Raqqa in northeastern Syria. 

“Ain Issa has been used by IS terrorists as an intersection of supply lines from Raqqa to Aleppo, to the west, and Hassakeh, to the east,” Othman said.

 

Reporting by: Awni Malla Ahmed 

Source: ARA News 

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