Kurdish fighters of the YPG (backed by Peshmerga and FSA) report new gains in the countryside of Kobane, advancing towards Tel Abyad in IS' main stronghold of Raqqa province. Photo: ARA News
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Kobane, Syria – The Kurdish joint forces launched an attack on the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) in the village of Jalabiya, south of Kobane, military sources reported on Monday.
The joint forces’ attack –covered by the U.S.-led coalition’s warplanes– forced the IS militants to withdraw from Jalabiya.
Speaking to ARA News in Kobane, Kurdish fighter Ibrahim Gaban said that fierce clashes broke out between the joint forces (YPG and Peshmerga) and the Islamic State in the vicinity of the village of Jalabiya and Kharab Ashk and ended with the joint forces’ control over the villages along with the Lafarge Cement plant.
“The areas under the joint forces control extended from the villages of Kharab Ashk and Jafara to reach the village of Saluka in far southern countryside of Kobane,” the source added, pointing out that the IS radicals, while withdrawing, attempted to stop the joint forces advancement by detonating two car bombs.
He added that the Islamic State called on the people of the villages of Shwehan, Abu Sirra, Aber, Ahaimer Saghir and Ahaimer Kabir (administratively linked to Ain Issa in Raqqa) to evacuate their areas in an attempt to rearrange its ranks in the light of the great collapse the group has recently suffered.
“We believe that this advancement is of a great importance and if the Kurdish joint forces continue this progress, they’ll soon regain the city of Tel Abyad (Gire Spi) in northern Raqqa, the main stronghold of the group,” the fighter said.
“If we were able to regain Tel Abyad, then it will be the beginning of liberating Raqqa,” the source said.
Also on Monday, the YPG’s Media Center issued a statement, of which ARA News received a copy, confirming the joint forces liberation of the villages Bajok, Kharab Ashk, Dar Filit and Lafarge plant from the grip of the terrorist group.
Leaders of the YPG forces stated earlier that they will work toward liberating Tel Abyad immediately upon the complete elimination of IS from the countryside of Kobane.
Reporting by: Serbaz Yousef and Jiwan Saman
Source: ARA News