A Kurdish fighter from the YPG heading to an armored vehicle that was seized from ISIS militants after clashes in the countryside of Tel Abyad. Photo: ARA News
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Urfa, Turkey – On Sunday, the joint forces (People’s Protection Units “YPG” and Bukan al-Furat rebels) seized control of new villages and locations within the administrative boundaries of the city of Tel Abyad in the province of Raqqa, northeastern Syria, military sources reported.
Speaking to ARA News, media spokesman of Burkan al-Furat rebels, Shervan Darwish, confirmed that the joint forces launched a “surprise attack” on several strongholds of the terrorists of Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) in the western countryside of Tel Abyad.
“The joint forces were able to liberate a number of villages in the area, including Korek, Kirk Sheikhan and Shash along with some farms in the surroundings,” he said.
“Korek village is considered of strategic importance because it is one of the largest villages in the area, located on the road between the towns of Ain Issa and al-Jirn, and it overlooks several surrounding villages held by IS terrorists,” Darwish added.
During the operation, some 13 IS militants were killed as a number of military equipment was seized by the joint forces, “including four cars, eight Kalashnikovs with 500 bullets, five machine guns (BKS) with 3,500 bullets for each, four launchers (RPG 32) with its shell, an explosive belt, 17 mines, six grenades, two proctoscopes, six boxes of ammunition (Dushka), one motorcycle, and seven hand-made grenades,” according to the military source who participated in the operation on Sunday.
“Today’s victory is a sequel to previous victories in which many of the villages have been liberated from IS’ grip,” Darwish told ARA News.
“The joint forces, led by Burkan al-Furat, will continue its operations against the terrorists in the region,” he argued.
Sarhad Abbas, fighter in the ranks of the YPG, told ARA News that the Kurdish fighters played a significant role in the liberation of the villages in the western countryside of Tel Abyad.
He added that Sunday’s gains were made “without intervention by the international coalition’s warplanes”.
“Our fighters (YPG) with highly morale expelled ISIS’ terrorists from those villages on Sunday without any intervention by the coalition’s warplanes,” he argued. “We are determined to open the roads linking Kobane to Hasakah and Tel Abyad and eliminate ISIS from the region.”
Over the past few weeks, the joint forces took control of dozens villages in the area, administratively linked to the province of Raqqa, in the western countryside of Tel Abyad on the border with Turkey.
Reporting by: Jan Nasro
Source: ARA News