Nusra militants storm Kurdish city north Syria

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Kurdish fighters of the YPG [leading SDF member] in Afrin bid farewell to comrades killed during clashes against ISIS. Photo: ARA News

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Aleppo, Syria – A group of Islamist fighters infiltrated into the Kurdish city of Afrin in Aleppo province, north Syria. Subsequently, clashes broke out between Kurdish security forces and the militants in the vicinity of Ashrafiyah district in Afrin, security sources reported on Wednesday.  

“At least ten militants of the al-Nusra Front (Syria’s branch of al-Qaeda) were able to infiltrate into Ashrafiyah district in Afrin in preparation to carry out suicide attacks against Kurdish security centers in the city,” a member of the Asayish security forces told ARA News.  

Abdul Rahman Ibrahim, an eyewitness from Ashrafiyah, said that a group of militants entered the district on Wednesday morning, “and when members of the Asayish security forces started patrolling the district, the militants opened fire, which led to fierce clashes.”

“The militants came to Afrin from Azaz city,” Ibrahim said. 

Speaking to ARA News in Afrin, a Kurdish fighters from the Peoples Protection Units (YPG) revealed that the Asayish security forces aim to collect more details about the Islamists who infiltrated into Afrin.

“The YPG forces imposed a curfew in Ashrafiyeh after receiving information about the entry of two car bombs into the district,” the source said. 

“A number of Nusra leaders disclosed they prepare to storm Afrin through Azaz frontline, vowing to use car bomb attacks at any time,” a source close to the Nusra Front in Azaz told ARA News.

Two weeks ago, the city of Afrin saw sporadic clashes between the al-Nusra Front and the Kurdish YPG forces, during which several fighters from both sides were killed.

Reporting by: Taim Khalil

Source: ARA News

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