Kurdish forces continue their advance against militants of the Islamic State north of Raqqa. Photo: ARA News
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Urfa, Turkey – At least 17 militants of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) were reportedly killed in battles with the Kurdish forces in Ain Issa town of Raqqa province, northeastern Syria, military sources reported on Tuesday.
The Media Center of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) issued Tuesday a statement, of which ARA News received a copy, saying their units liberated several villages north of Raqqa, including Bajaliya, and destroyed an IS-led car bomb in the village of Tel al-Hamama (where Turkmen constitute majority) with two gunmen inside.
“Our units also liberated the villages of Shiradi, Aghlik, Hoshin, Sherdik, Almnad, al-Inad, Masoura, Khalidiya, Sersuh, Oudiya, Awedana Oula and Awedana Thaniya,” the Kurdish YPG leadership said.
On Monday, the Kurdish forces took over “Brigade 93” and then the entire town of Ain Issa, in addition to the killing of 15 IS militants and the destruction of six military vehicles loaded with heavy machine guns, according to the YPG’s statement.
Speaking to ARA News, media spokesman of Burkan al-Furat (a YPG ally), Shervan Darwish, reported that the joint forces (YPG and Burkan al-Furat rebels) cleared the streets of Ain Issa town from IS remnants.
“A large part of Raqqa’s countryside is liberated by our fighters and allied YPG. We are determined to eliminate this terrorist group,” Darwish said.
The YPG’s leadership pointed out that two of their fighters lost their lives in clashes with IS militants in the town of Ain Issa, before the Kurdish forces and allied rebels took over the town.
Reporting by: Jan Nasro
Source: ARA News