Kurdish fighters of the YPG and allies continue battling ISIS in northern Syria. Photo: ARA News
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ALEPPO – Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) launched an attack on headquarters of the Islamic State radical group (ISIS) in Jarabulus city north of Aleppo, near the border with Turkey, Kurdish sources reported on Friday.
The YPG forces have targeted several ISIS positions in Jarabulus with mortars and heavy artillery.
YPG fighter Nuraddin Gaban told ARA News on the phone that the Kurdish forces launched the attack from its bases in the villages of Zor Maghar, Nasiriya and Atto east of Jarabulus.
“Our shelling hit at least five ISIS targets in Jarabulus city on Friday, killing and injuring dozens of terrorists,” he said.
The YPG leadership has deployed hundreds of fighters alongside the Euphrates River in the eastern countryside of Jarabulus in preparation for storming ISIS strongholds in the area.
“Our forces have made a remarkable advance towards Jarabulus city after liberating the western countryside of Kobane. The anti-ISIS operations will continue until reassuring our people’s safety from this terrorist group,” Gaban added.
“We are ready to storm the city of Jarabulus and liberate it from ISIS terrorists. We are waiting for orders from our leadership,” the YPG member said.
The source revealed a “high level of coordination” between the Kurdish forces and the U.S.-led coalition, which has been bombing ISIS positions in the region for more than a year.
Reporting by: Sarbaz Yousef and Muhammad Ali