Members of the Self-Defence Forces in Afrin, northwestern Syria. Photo: ARA News

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QAMISHLI – The Kurdish Self-Defense Forces were able to foil a car bomb attack led by ISIS near a town in Raqqa province, eastern Syria, the Kurdish military leadership said Saturday. 

“ISIS terrorists tried to launch a car bomb attack on our locations near the town of Suluk, adjacent to the village of Abu Hermel, but the SDF was able to thwart the attack,” the Media Center of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) said in a statement. 

“The SDF destroyed an ISIS-led vehicle with a rocket, killing its entire crew,” the statement read. 

The YPG’s leadership added “ISIS terrorists attacked our headquarters with mortars near Qara Qozak, southwest of Kobane, but our forces have responded strongly to the attack.”

Separately, a fighter of the SDF was reportedly killed Wednesday in an explosion of a land mine (planted by ISIS) in Hasakah province, northeast Syria.

Over the past two days, the Kurdish YPG forces have been engaged in clashes with the terror group in the northeastern areas of Tel Hamis, in Hasakah province. 

The authorities in the Kurdish region northern Syria had passed the Law on Mandatory self-defense duty in the Democratic Autonomous areas in the summer of 2014. The law was implemented in Jazeera canton in northeastern Syria when the first group of recruits started their training, according to Kurdish officials. 

Months later, the law has been implemented in the other two Kurdish cantons of Kobane and Afrin.

Backing the YPG fighters, the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) have combatted the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) in the town of Tel Temir and its outskirts around the Assyrian villages in Hasakah province earlier this year.

In February, ISIS militants launched a major offensive on Assyrian villages in the vicinity of Tel Temir town, during which they took hundreds of civilians as hostages.

The SDF is officially linked to the Auto-Administration that has been announced by the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and allies in northern Syria. 

Apart from performing self-defence duty, dozens of young men and women have joined the YPG and the YPJ respectively on a voluntary basis. However, there have been reports of cases of forced recruitment.

Reporting by: Ahmed Shiwesh

Source: ARA News

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