Kurdish fighters of the YPG regained strategic areas in Hasakah countryside after clashes with ISIS militants. Photo: ARA News
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Sere Kaniye, Syria – On Sunday, the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) regained control of several strategic locations on the international highway of Hasakah-Aleppo after fierce battles with the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS).
The YPG fighters were able to retake areas in the western countryside of Sere Kaniye (Ras al-Ain) and Tel Temir in Hasakah province, near the Aliya silos –a main headquarter of the IS radical group.
“This comes in the framework of the military campaign initiated by the YPG last week in the southern villages of Sere Kaniye, supported by the U.S.-led coalition’s warplanes,” a YPG source told ARA News.
“The military operations aim to expel the IS terrorists from Hasakah province,” the source said, adding that the YPG fighters are now in control of the international highway between Aleppo and Hasakah near the Aliya silos.
“Our (YPG) forces were to kill at least 30 IS terrorists and seize a large deal of weapons and ammunition in the recent clashes,” the source said.
In the past four days, the U.S.-led coalition’s warplanes played a significant role in providing air cover for the YPG forces to regain control of areas in Hasakah countryside.
On Saturday, the Islamic State launched an offensive on several locations of the YPG forces in the village of Farisa and Tel al-Boga, (25 km west of Sere Kaniye) in order to ease the burden on their fighters on the southern front. However, the YPG was able to repel the attack, killing 16 extremists, a military source told ARA News earlier.
Reporting by: Haitham Haji
Source: ARA News