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Kobane, Syria – On Friday, the defending forces (YPG and Peshmerga) in the city of Kobane in northern Syria carried out several attacks against strongholds of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) in western and southern suburbs of Kobane, forcing militants to withdraw from some locations.
Military sources in the city told ARA News that the use of heavy weapons by the Peshmerga forces played a main role in defeating the IS group on Friday.
The same sources reported that a prominent IS sniper –who was responsible for the death of dozens of Kurdish fighters in Kobane– was killed during the recent operations.
A Kurdish fighter in the city told ARA News that joint military operations were carried out by the Peshmerga forces and the People’s Protection Units (YPG) east of Kobane “causing the death of the most dangerous sniper in the ranks of the IS”.
“He customarily positioned himself on rooftops, and he was mostly invisible. He has already killed dozens of our fighters, before we could kill him and along with several others extremists on Friday,” the source said under the condition of anonymity.
“The sniper, who was killed by the Kurdish joint forces, was a western nationality, and was using a modern rifle fitted with telescopic night vision. This dangerous member of IS had seriously impeded the advancement of the Kurdish troops in these neighborhoods,” the source added.
Noteworthy, most of the neighborhoods in Kobane have now been freed by the Kurdish forces, amid a gradual withdrawal by the IS militants towards the countryside.
Reporting by: Jan Ali
Source: ARA News