YPG expel jihadists from Kurd-majority border areas

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Kurd YPG fighters

Kurd YPG fighters

The YPG (Committees for the Protection of the Kurds) yesterday won another major victory against al-Qaeda linked forces in Western Kurdistan/Syria when it succeeded in pushing them out of Kurd-majority areas around Ras al-Ain, a key strategic town on the Syria/Turkey border.

“The (YPG) have taken over the Manajeer area, scene of battles with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Al-Nusra Front and other rebel groups,” announced the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.“The YPG also took hold of the Tal Half and Asfar Najjar areas in Reef Ras al-A’in city … after violent clashes between both sides”.

This advance followed reports that Kurdish fighters had driven jihadists out of 19 towns and villages across north-eastern Syria, and a week after they captured the key Iraqi border crossing at Yaarubiyeh.

The jihadists “have now lost their last remaining positions in the countryside of Ras al-Ain,” the Observatory said.

The jihadists withdrew to the city of Raqa, a provincial capital currently dominated by the ISIL.


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