Kurdish fighters of the YPG and allies took over the last stronghold of ISIS in the countryside of Kobane on Thursday. Photo: ARA News
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Kobane, Syria – Military sources reported that subsequent to fierce clashes with militant fighters of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS), the joint forces defending Kobane in the province of Aleppo, in northern Syria, were able Thursday to enter the town of Serrin, which was considered the last stronghold of ISIS in the southern countryside of Kobane.
Speaking to ARA News, Khalid Minas, fighter in the ranks of People’s Protection Units (YPG) said that the YPG fighters –backed by Burkan al-Furat and the Peshmerga forces– took over the town of Serrin where Arabs constitute the majority, and seized control of the town’s police station after forcing IS militants to withdraw.
“The police station was an IS headquarters,” the source added, pointing out that the joint forces took control of the western and southern parts of the town.
Minas also stressed that the U.S.-led international coalition’s warplanes carried out several strikes on IS headquarters in Serrin “which facilitated the path for our forces to take over the town.
These developments coincided with intensified artillery and rocket bombings launched by Peshmerga forces on the group’s locations in nearby areas.
The town Serrin (45 km south of Kobane) was deemed to be the last bastion for IS extremists within the administrative borders of Kobane.
Reporting by: Jean Nasro
Source: ARA News