Militant leaders killed during U.S.-led strikes near Kobane

ARA News

Suruc, Turkey – Subsequent to fierce battles against the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS), the joint forces (the People’s Protection Units, the Peshmerga and FSA’s rebels) seized Wednesday more villages at the banks of the Euphrates River in western Kobane (Ain al-Arab) in the province of Aleppo, northern Syria, Kurdish military sources reported.

Speaking to ARA News, Abu Ali Osman, a Kurdish fighter who participated in the recent battles, said that the joint forces took control of the village of Poraz on the banks of the Euphrates River, as well as the surrounding orchards and farms.

“The clashes resulted in the death of eight IS insurgents, and the destruction of two armored vehicles,” Osman added.

Another source in the southern fighting front told ARA News that the joint forces retook the villages of Karak and Norali following IS withdrawal on Wednesday.

“The Peshmerga forces were able to kill about fifteen IS gunmen there,” the source added. 

Also, the Peshmerga forces stationed on the western front bombed the last IS stronghold in Kobane countryside in the village of Zor Maghar near the border with Turkey, which is now under the joint forces blockade, after the latter took control of the hills surrounding the village as well as the roads linking between them and the town of Shuyookh.

The Peshmerga and YPG fighters targeted with heavy weapons the village of Zor Maghar and Munir Ahmad palace amid reports of destroying the last IS tactical unit there, the source told ARA News.

In a related development, a military source from the western front of Kobane confirmed that the U.S.-led coalition’s warplanes bombed the headquarters of the jihadists in al-Shuyookh Gharbi town near Kobane, killing leading members of the radical group.

The source pointed out that the coalition’s warplanes launched several missiles at the municipality of Shuyookh Foqani, in which the IS leaders were holding a meeting, causing the death of at least eight members, including prominent leaders. 


Reporting by: Mohammed Ali Ahmed

Source: ARA News

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