Syrian Kurds back to battlefield

ARA News

Kobane, Syria – On Thursday, the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) regained control of the Assayish center (Kurdish police) in central Kobane, northern Syria, after one day of control by militants fighters of the Islamic State (IS/ISIL).

Meanwhile, the U.S.-led international coalition’s fighter jets launched several strikes on strongholds of IS extremists in the city of Kobane, local sources reported.

Omid Khoshman, a journalist accompanying the YPG forces in Kobane, told ARA News that the Kurdish fighters regained control of the Assayish center after withdrawal of dozens of IS militants who took over the building on Wednesday after bombing the area.

“The coalition’s airstrikes forced IS terrorists to withdraw from neighborhoods in the city of Kobane after two days of advancement,” Khoshman reported.

The international coalition’s airforce launched several raids on the southern neighbourhoods of Kobane on Thursday afternoon, and also the main headquarter of IS near the governmental hospital on the road to Aleppo.

Speaking to ARA News on the phone, one of the YPG fighters said that on Wednesday IS insurgents managed to deliver a car loaded with explosives into the Kurdish Assayish building (security arm of the Democratic union party ‘PYD’) close to the city center, where the suicide bomber detonated the car, causing enormous devastation in the surrounding buildings.

ARA News received no information about the casualties after the explosion.

The hit-and-run battles continued in different parts of the city of Kobane on Thursday, especially in the eastern and southern areas, between the Kurdish fighters and IS militants.


Reporting by: Jan Ali and Redwan Bizar

Source: ARA News

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