Daesh attacks Kurdish-held town near de facto capital Raqqa

Published July 6th, 2015 - 02:24 GMT

Daesh fighters on Monday launched an offensive on the town of Ayn Issa, 55 kilometers north of the group’s de facto capital of Raqqa, in a bid to reclaim the town from Kurdish and Arab rebel forces, a Kurdish spokesman told AFP.

"IS (Daesh) launched a large-scale offensive at dawn ... and managed to enter Ain Issa," said Redur Khalil, a spokesman for the Kurdish People's Protection Units.

"Clashes are continuing inside the town in the southern part to expel IS," he told AFP

The attack comes just two weeks after Kurdish and Arab forces expelled Daesh from the town shortly after taking control of the border town of Tal Abyad on June 16.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, meanwhile, said the Daesh attack on Ayn Issa had succeeded and that the extremist militants were in control of the town and several nearby villages.

Kurdish and rebel spokesmen said the group was engaged in large-scale attacks in Raqqa and Hasakeh provinces, but denied that Ayn Issa had fallen, AFP reported.

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