Jihadists of the Islamic State attack Kurdish forces north Raqqa

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A Kurdish man guards a checkpoint on the road to the northwestern Syrian city of Afrin, on the Syria-Turkey borde. File photo: YPG MC

ARA News

TEL ABYAD – The radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) carried out two car bomb attacks on a Kurdish security checkpoint in Tel Abyad city north of Syria’s Raqqa, Kurdish sources reported on Wednesday. 

At least two Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) were killed and three more wounded in ISIS-led car bomb attacks on a YPG-held security checkpoint at the southern entrance of Tel Abyad city. 

Speaking to ARA News in Tel Abyad, YPG member Habun Osman said: “Subsequent to the terrorist attacks, clashes broke out at the southern entrance of Tel Abyad between our (YPG) forces and ISIS terrorists.”

“A group of terrorists tried to infiltrated into the liberated city during the attacks, but our units confronted them and killed at least 10 terrorists, while the rest escaped towards Raqqa city,” the source said.

Wednesday’s clashes reached Bir Asheq village in the countryside of Tel Abyad, where the YPG fighters took two ISIS militants as hostages.

“The terrorists believe they can regain Tel Abyad, but we want to reassure them that our fighters will continue until liberating the entire Raqqa province,” Osman said.

In June, Kurdish forces of the YPG and allied Syrian rebels regained the city of Tel Abyad north of Raqqa after months of fighting against ISIS. 

Reporting by: Jan Nasro

Source: ARA News 

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