Syria Kurds clash with Islamists, killing 35 near Kobane

15-03-2014

 

ARA News 

Tel Abyad, Syria− Clashes renewed between the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) and Islamists of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) near the city of Kobane, north Syria on Friday.

After taking control over Tel Abyad city, the ISIL members try to broaden area of domination to include the Kurdish city of Kobane. However, the YPG forces −military arm of the Democratic Union Party (PYD)− is in control over the main roads to Kobane and the surrounding villages, which prevents any advance by the ISIL fighters.

“At least 35 ISIL fighters were killed during the clashes with the YPG near Kobane city on Thursday and Friday,” a YPG-linked media sources reported. “After the large loss in its fighters lives, the ISIL withdrew from the area.” 

Meanwhile, fighting continued between the ISIL group and opposition fighters in northern Syria. Clashes broke out on Friday between rebels of the al-Akrad Front (Kurdish rebel group linked to the FSA) and ISIL members in the areas of Serrin, al-Shuyukh and Qara Qozak. 

The spokesman of al-Akrad Front told ARA News on the phone that the battalion (al-Akrad) launched an attack against ISIL strongholds in these areas to regain control, “especially over strategic Qara Qozak area”.

 

Reporting by: Ridwan Bizar

Source: ARA News

 

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