YPG regains 18 villages north Syria following clashes with ISIS

A Kurdish fighter from the YPG preparing his machine gun before heading to the front lines against ISIS in the countryside of Sere Kaniye. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Qamishli, Syria – Subsequent to fierce battles with the radical group of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS), the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) regained 18 villages and eight farms in the vicinity of the town of Suluk near Tel Abyad in Raqqa province, northeastern Syria, military sources reported on Friday.

The Kurdish forces were able to destroy two armored vehicles and a truck carrying ammunition during anti-IS military operations near Suluk.

The YPG’s Media Center issued Friday a statement, of which ARA News received a copy, saying: “Our units continue their military operations near the IS-held town of Suluk, during which they liberated several villages and farms over the past 24 hours.”

The villages regained by the Kurdish units include Tabkhan, Hawas, Daman, Mafar Asala Gharbi, Bir, Maalja, Mukhtar, Simalk, Khank, Gamish, Tel Saghir, Tel Qalaj, Zazoa, Abaid, Shareef, Zarafa and Arbid, in addition to eight surrounding farms. 

Leadership of the YPG could not verify the number of dead and wounded in the ranks of the IS terrorist group during Friday’s battle.

The source confirmed the death of at least seven insurgents who were trying to flee the area near a truck loaded with ammunition, after the YPG fighters targeted the truck with mortars. 

Hussein Kocher, an YPG leading member, said in an exclusive interview with ARA News on Friday that the People’s Protection Units did not enter the town of Suluk yet, as fierce clashes continue in its surroundings.

The Kurdish leader pointed out that Liwa at-Tahreer of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), Raqqa’s Rebels Brigade, as-Sanadid Army and other Arab tribal forces are fighting in the front lines alongside the YPG forces.


Reporting by: Ahmed Shiwesh

Source: ARA News

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