Kurdish female fighters of the YPj. Photo: ARA News
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Qamishli, Syria – The Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) seized control of the town of Tel Brak (45 km northern Hasakah), following clashes with militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS), local sources reported Saturday.
Speaking to ARA News in Tel Brak, a Kurdish fighter said that on Saturday afternoon a number of YPG’s armored vehicles arrived in the villages of Qordisa, Kerko, Mahjarat Khalaf Biro and Ittay west of Tel Brak, including the village of Kabka, north of the town.
“Then we (YPG forces) launched an extensive operation against headquarters of the IS terrorists inside Tel Brak with the support of the U.S.-led international coalition’s warplanes. The operation ended with our forces regaining control of the town and its surroundings,” he added.
The YPG’s fighters advanced towards the town without much resistance from IS militants, who reportedly withdrew to the villages Samihan and Um Rous, then headed to the town of al-Hol on the Syrian-Iraqi border, Kurdish military sources told ARA News.
“Fearing clashes between the Kurdish forces and Islamists, civilians in the town of Tel Brak headed to the villages of Tel Akar Difaya while others were displaced toward the nearby Kurdish villages in the area,”the civil activist Sami Ahmad reported.
“The radical group informed civilians of its withdrawal from Tel Brak,” Ahmad told ARA News.
The pro-regime media reported the participation of their forces in the liberation of Tel Brak. However, the Kurdish forces denied any participation from the pro-regime forces, saying the only support they received was from the U.S.-led coalition.
Redour Khalil, spokesperson of the YPG forces, said: “All the news about the participation of the Syrian regime forces in the anti-IS campaign in Tel Brak is baseless. Our forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Woman Protection Units (YPJ) were solely supported by U.S. warplanes during the liberation of the town.”
The YPG forces seized control of the main IS-stronghold town of Tel Hamis Friday (after battles lasted for more than ten days with the IS hardline group), have gained control over Tel Brak Saturday afternoon. The YPG forces intend to remove IS extremists from the Hasakah region, according to military sources.
Reporting by: Zozan Shekho
Source: ARA News