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Istanbul, Turkey – On Monday, the Islamic State (IS/ISIS), an al-Qaeda offshoot, seized control of the gas field in the eastern countryside of Homs province, central Syria, the second site for the production of natural gas controlled by the radical group within a week.
The Islamic State had earlier controlled the gas field of al-Shaer near Homs, one of the most important natural gas fields in Syria which has provided other provinces with power to generate electricity.
IS-linked activists reported that the radical group has captured the Hajjar gas field, along with a number of vehicles and weapons following the withdrawal of Syrian army forces from the area.
On Friday, the IS militants approached al-Tifor military airport, and carried out offensive operations with car bombs which enabled them to seize major parts of the airport, and various ammunition, dozens of tanks and military vehicles.
Meanwhile, on Monday the Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) –backed by the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the Peshmerga forces– launched artillery attacks against IS extremists in the western neighborhoods of Kobane in northern Syria, on the Turkish border.
Military sources in Kobane told ARA News that clashes broke out between the Kurdish forces and IS militants in Abroush district (5 km west of the city) during which heavy weapons and artillery were used, as the Peshmerga forces targeted the IS strongholds in the area.
Reporting by: Mohammed Nasser
Source: ARA News