U.S. forces hit ISIS positions near ancient citadel in Kobane


Remnants of a destroyed tank seen in Kobane's downtown after Kurdish forces liberated the city from ISIS militants. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Kobane, Syria – United States and allies launched several airstrikes on strongholds of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) in the vicinity of Najm citadel in the southern countryside of Kobane, north Syria, Kurdish military sources reported on Thursday.  

The Militant group had installed fighting units in the vicinity of the Najm ancient citadel on the western bank of Euphrates River, near Sarrin town of Kobane countryside. 

Speaking to ARA News, Kurdish fighter in the ranks of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) Habun Osman said: “We observed U.S. fighter jets hitting IS strongholds in the vicinity of Najm citadel. This was followed by large explosions in the area indicating that the targets contained large amounts of explosive devices and ammunition.” 

“After our (YPG) forces liberated Kobane city and Sarrin town from IS terrorists, the radical group established new headquarters near Najm citadel in an attempt to prepare for new operations against our forces,” Osman said. 

“However, the U.S.-led coalition seems to have eliminated major parts of the new IS headquarters, which may pave the way for our fighters to continue progressing until eliminating the extremist group from the entire countryside of Kobane,” the YPG fighter told ARA News. 

Backed by the U.S.-led international coalition, Kurdish fighters and allied rebels liberated several areas in northern Syria, including Kobane city and large parts of its countryside, Tel Abyad city north of Raqqa, and Hasakah city. 

Reporting by: Jan Nasro

Source: ARA News 


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