Islamic State clashes with Kurdish forces, over 20 jihadists killed

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Kurdish fighters of the YPG preparing for departure towards fighting fronts against ISIS militants near Sere Kniye. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Hasakah – Clashes broke out on Thursday between the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Islamic State (ISIS) militants in Syria’s northeastern Hasakah province. According to military sources, the epicenter of the fighting was the outskirts of Shaddadi city, in Hasakah Governorate.

The clashes erupted after ISIS jihadists attempted to storm Kurdish fighting positions. “ISIS terrorists tried to infiltrate into the YPG headquarters in the al-Malha village in southern Shaddadi,” a YPG spokesman told ARA News.

“However, the Kurdish YPG fighters repelled the attack after clashing with ISIS militants,” the spokesman added. At least 21 ISIS militants were reportedly killed, while four YPG fighters were wounded.

Similar clashes took place in early October after ISIS carried our two suicide attacks on Kurdish positions and tried to infiltrate into Shaddadi city. The Kurdish YPG and allied Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were eventually able to repel the attack.

In mid-February, the YPG and allied SDF fighters concluded a protracted campaign by capturing Shaddadi city. In recent months ISIS has been trying to return to the area, launching mortar and car bomb attacks from bases in Deir ez-Zor Governorate.

Reporting by: Qehreman Miste | Source: ARA News

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