A Kurdish YPG fighter bidding farewell to his comrade who was killed in clashes with ISIS militants in northeastern Syria. Photo: ARA News
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TEL ABYAD – Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) announced on Sunday that 18 of its fighters were killed in attacks by militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) near the town of Ain Issa in northern Raqqa.
Clashes renewed on Sunday between the YPG –supported by allies from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)– and ISIS militants in the vicinity of Ain Issa town, subsequent to suicide attacks by ISIS jihadists on Kurdish headquarters.
The YPG leadership mentioned in a statement on Sunday the names of its 18 fighters who were killed at the hands of ISIS, saying the radical group responds to the progress of the Kurdish-Arab alliance in northern Syria by launching suicide attacks.
“Our fighters have made great sacrifices to liberate this region form Daesh terrorism,” the YPG said, using another acronym for ISIS. “The struggle will continue until we defeat those barbarians.”
In the meantime, at least 20 ISIS militants were killed in the recent clashes in Ain Issa.
Speaking to ARA News, Habun Osman, a spokesman for the YPG, said: “We have collected dead bodies of 20 ISIS terrorists subsequent to the clashes.”
“Dozens others were wounded in the clashes. We captured several ISIS terrorists in Ain Issa,” Osman said.
This comes as the western-backed SDF forces extended its military operations against ISIS in northern Syria, starting from Hasakah to Raqqa and further to Aleppo.
Reporting by: Jan Nasro
Source: ARA News