Syrian Kurds in full control of city near Daesh ‘capital’

Published June 24th, 2015 - 05:00 GMT

Forces from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) have managed to liberate a town in Syria’s northern province of Raqqah, following battles against Deash militants.

The YPG fighters took full control of the town of Ain Issa, located about 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of the provincial capital, Raqqa, on Tuesday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Daesh had completely withdrawn from Ain Issa after Kurdish fighters broke into the town.

The Britain-based group said Kurdish forces and allies are combing through the town to clear mines and improvised explosive devices left behind by the terrorists.

Redur Xelil, a YPG spokesman, hailed the recapture of Ain Issa, but said an assault on Raqqa was not currently on the agenda.

On Monday, Kurdish forces seized control of the northern village of Ali Bajiliyah following intense clashes with the terrorists. Earlier in the day, YPG fighters had driven Daesh militants from Liwa (Brigade) 93 base, and taken complete control of the military site.

The capture of the base dealt another blow to Daesh by the Kurds as it overlooks strategic roads linking Raqqa to other outposts in Syria’s northwestern province of Aleppo and Hasakah Province in the far northeastern corner of the conflict-ridden Arab country.

Last week, Kurdish fighters took control of the border town of Tal Abyad, cutting off a key conduit for foreign militants and supplies into Daesh-held Raqqa.

Since March 2011, the conflict in Syria has reportedly left more than 230,000 people, including almost 11,500 children, dead.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees says over 7.2 million people have been internally displaced by the crisis, while over three million others have fled the conflict to neighboring countries of Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan.

Editor's note: This article has been edited from the source material


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