Kurds expel ISIS from village near Kobane

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Kurdish fighters of the YPG during a military training in Hasakah province, northeastern Syria. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

KOBANE – Militant fighters of the Islamic State radical group (ISIS) launched an attack on the Kurdish village of Qolan in the southern countryside of Kobane, local sources reported on Thursday. 

Amid constant attempts by the radical group to infiltrate into the southern countryside of Kobane, fierce clashes took place in the vicinity of Qolan between ISIS militants and Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG). 

Speaking to ARA News, YPG member Habun Osman said: “Our forces repelled a new ISIS attack on the southern countryside of Kobane. After three hours of clashes, the ISIS terrorists withdrew from the area on Thursday evening.”  

At least one ISIS militant was killed and three injured during the clashes, while two Kurdish fighters were hardly wounded.

“We have taken strict security measures in order to prevent the terror group from returning to Kobane region,” Osman said.

In August, militants of the Islamic State infiltrated into Qolan village and abducted dozens of Kurdish civilians. Among the abductees were women and children, who have recently returned to their hometown after the YPG forces regained the area and expelled militants of the radical group. 

Speaking to ARA News, YPG fighter Sarhad Abbas said: “We are concerned about the destiny of the abductees. We are aware that the barbarians of ISIS use civilians as human shields during battles, that’s why we are deeply concerned.” 

Kurdish forces of the YPG and Peshmerga liberated the city of Kobane in January, after four months of fierce battles with the radical group of Islamic State.

In June, some ISIS militants infiltrated into Kobane city and committed a massacre in which dozens of civilians were slaughtered. 

Reporting by: Muhammad Ali

Source: ARA News

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