Kurdish fighters regain strategic hills after clashes with ISIS

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Kurdish fighters in the countryside of Sere Kaniye, northeastern Syria. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Sere Kaniye, Syria – A YPG source reported on Sunday that the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) gained control of two hills near the villages of Aliya and al-Manajir in the Sere Kaniye (Ras al-Ain) countryside in Hasakah province, northeastern Syria.

Speaking to ARA News on the phone, members of the YPG said that their advances came after fierce clashes with militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS).

The sources added that the U.S.-led international coalition’s warplanes backed the YPG forces by striking IS positions in the area. 

“Our fighters attacked the group’s positions in the areas between the villages of al-Manajir and Aliya, forcing them to withdraw after they sustained heavy losses,” a YPG fighter said. 

The civil rights activist Barzan Khalil told ARA News in Sere Kaniye that the recent clashes resulted in the death of four IS insurgents, while two YPG fighters lost their lives.

The Sere Kaniye countryside continues to experience ongoing battles between the YPG fighters and the Islamic State group, preventing the latter’s attempts to advance towards the city. In the meantime, similar clashes continued in the countryside of the town of Tel Temir (50 km west of Hasakah) between the YPG backed by allied Assyrian forces and the radical group, without any remarkable change in the balance of power.

 

Reporting by: Haitham Haji

Source: ARA News

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