Kurdish fighters of the YPG in the countryside of Tel Temir. Photo: ARA News
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Qamishli, Syria – On Thursday, the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) contested the Syrian regime’s claims of the participation of the pro-regime forces in battles against militants of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) in the Assyrian villages in the vicinity of the town of Tel Temir (50 km west of Hasakah), in northeastern Syria.
The Syrian state news agency (SANA) quoted a military source as saying: “Units of the Syrian Arab Army carried out a series of successful military operations against IS terrorists and caused heavy losses in their ranks in the villages of Awja, Tel Shamiram and Ghibish in the southern countryside of Tel Temir.”
“The operations resulted in the destruction of the group’s weapons, ammunition, and armored vehicles as well as the death of dozens of its members who had destroyed or vandalized churches and kidnapped dozens of women and children in the villages of Tel Shamiram, Tel Hormuz, Tel Rumman, Tel Nasri, Ghibish, Thomas Yalda and Hawooz.
However, members from the YPG’s Media Center told ARA News that the Kurdish forces never accepted any participation by the Syrian regime forces in anti-IS battles in the town of Tel Temir, emphasizing that the joint forces (Kurdish and Assyrians factions) were the only defending party in the town and its villages beside some limited support by the U.S.-led international coalition.
Noteworthy, the Syrian regime has repeatedly claimed participation in anti-IS battles alongside the Kurdish forces in the areas regained from IS in Hasakah such as Tel Hamis and Tel Brak.
Reporting by: Dilshad Ahmed
Source: ARA News