Kurdish fighters of the YPG raising their flag after defeating ISIS in Tel Abyad. Photo: ARA News
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Tel Abyad, Syria – Amid continuous battles against Islamic State’s (IS/ISIS) militants, Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and allied rebels of Burkan al-Furat seized Saturday a number of new villages and farms in the northern countryside of Raqqa, northeastern Syria, military sources reported.
The joint forces were able to kill a number of IS militants, seizing a large deal of weapons and ammunition.
Speaking to ARA News, Sarhad Abbas, fighter in the YPG ranks, reported that the joint forces (YPG and allied rebels) seized control of more than 15 villages and farms south of Suluk town, as well as the main highway in the Qantari area.
“Our units advanced in the northern areas of Ain Issa town as well, killing dozens of IS terrorists,” he added.
Abbas pointed out that the morale of the joint forces is rising, “especially after receiving huge reinforcements of heavy weapons and fighters from Hasakah province to combat the terrorists in Raqqa countryside”.
Also on Saturday, the YPG’s Media Center issued a statement, of which ARA News received a copy, saying: “The YPG forces liberated the villages of Khatoon, Oum al-Baramil and five farms south of Suluk town.”
“The villages of Abu Husseini, Rawiya and Mahiri south of Tel Abyad were also liberated by the joint forces. At least five IS terrorists were killed during clashes in the vicinity of Sina village,” the statement added.
There are still hit-and-run battles going on near Ain Issa town between the joint forces and the hardline group of the Islamic State.
Kurdish forces and allied rebels regained the border city of Tel Abyad in Raqqa province days ago, forcing the IS radical group to withdraw from a strategic crossing at the Turkish border.
Reporting by: Jan Nasro
Source: ARA News