Kurdish YPG fighters are seen near a security checkpoint in Sere Kaniye countryside of Hasakah province, northeastern Syria. Photo: ARA News
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RAQQA – Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) on Friday launched an offensive on headquarters of the Islamic State (ISIS) in the northern countryside of Raqqa, killing and wounding a number of ISIS jihadis, military sources reported.
The YPG hit an ISIS security centre south of Suluk town in northern Raqqa, using heavy weapons and mortar fire.
“At least 18 Daesh terrorists were killed in the operation,” a YPG spokesman told ARA News, using another abbreviation for ISIS.
The official added that the Kurdish troops also seized a large deal of ammunition and light weapons after driving out ISIS fighters from the village of Shakrak in Raqqa’s northern countryside.
“Under heavy blows by our [YPG] forces, Daesh militants were forced to withdraw from Shakrak,” he said.
In the meantime, ISIS militants responded to the Kurdish attack by bombing the YPG-led town of Ain Issa north of Raqqa, where at least four YPG fighters were heavily injured.
“Supported by allies from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the YPG was able to repel the attack on Friday midnight,” the YPG media office told ARA News. “The town is completely secure now, after the terrorists retreated towards their strongholds inside Raqqa city.”
Reporting by: Helin Saeed
Source: ARA News