Kurds regain major township after clashes with ISIS

Kurdish female fighters of the YPJ securing a checkpoint at the fighting front against ISIS in the countryside of Sere Kaniye, northeastern Syria. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Sere Kaniye, Syria – The Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) gained control of Mabrouka township in the western countryside of Sere Kaniye (Ras al-Ain) in Hasakah province, after fierce clashes with the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) on Tuesday.

A member of the YPG forces told ARA News (on the condition of anonymity) that Mabrouka, which was considered a major IS stronghold in the area, was regained by the Kurdish fighters after battles against the radical group.

“Mabrouka used to be a main station for jihadists on the way to Tel Abyad (Gire Spi) in the IS-held province of Raqqa. The township is one of the largest grain centers in the area, and it was considered a financial resource for the group,” he said.  

“Our (YPG) forces has imposed a blockade on the township for days, then we stormed the main strongholds and checkpoints of the group there. At least 11 terrorists were killed while the rest were forced to withdraw from the town. We’re now in full control of Mabrouka,” the source added.

The YPG leadership said in a statement that IS insurgents use car bomb attacks to impede the progress of Kurdish forces. 

However, the Kurds continued advancement in northeastern Syria with support of the U.S.-led coalition. 


Reporting by: Haitham Haji and Saleh al-Fahd

Source: ARA News

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