Kurdish female fighters of the YPJ prepare weaponry before combatting IS militants in northern Syria. File photo
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Hasakah, Syria – On Monday, the Central Command of the American army announced that they had dropped shipments of weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to the Kurdish fighters in the town of Kobane, northern Syria, where the Popular Protection Units (YPG) are defending the city against militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIL).
United States Air Force C-130 aircraft air dropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies provided by the Kurdish authorities in Iraq in an attempt to enable the continuation of the Kurdish fighters’ efforts to defeat IS militants in Kobane.
Military sources in Kobane confirmed for ARA News the arrival of 27 shipments of various types of weapons, ammunition and medical supplies.
At least 135 air strikes were launched by the U.S.-led international coalition’s fighter jets against locations of the IS extremists in the vicinity of Kobane, accompanied by the YPG’s (Popular Protection Units) resistance against the radical group of IS on the ground.
These efforts have reportedly suspended the progress of the IS group towards the city of Kobane, after the death of hundreds of militants and the destruction of dozens of IS-led military vehicles.
“The security situation is still fragile in Kobane, as the IS group continues threatening the city,” an official of the U.S. Central Command said on Monday. “However, the resistance of the Kurdish forces continues.”
For his part, Polat Jan, the spokesman of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) ــlinked to the Democratic Union Party PYDــ confirmed that a huge quantity of ammunition and weapons arrived in Kobane on Monday. “Our forces (YPG) are more ready than ever to defeat the terrorists of IS.”
Speaking to ARA News in this regard, Shalal Geddo, secretary of the Kurdish Democratic Leftist Party in Syria, said: “There is no doubt that providing arms, ammunition and medical supplies to the Kurdish fighters in Kobane will make a difference in the battlefield, and will also change the position of some regional powers towards the Kurdish forces combatting IS in Syria.”
According to Geddo, the intervention of Iraqi Kurdistan’s President Massoud Barzani gave more credibility to the Syrian Kurdish efforts in fighting IS.
Reporting by: Jiwan Ibrahim
Source: ARA News