U.S. air strikes hit IS strongholds in Syrian border villages

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ARA News

Girke Lege, Syria – After days of military operations against headquarters of the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq, U.S. warplanes targeted on Thursday night several IS-held villages in northeastern Syria. 

The Syrian villages of Mahmudiyah, Jazaa and al-Khaddaan near the Iraqi border were targeted by several air strikes. The villages were recently controlled by IS militants following the withdrawal of the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG).  

Speaking to ARA News in Hasakah, media activist Ayyad al-Baz said that the U.S. air strikes caused significant losses in the ranks of IS militants as well as destroying many heavy weapons owned by the group in the three villages. 

Local sources told ARA News that the American bombardment was followed by similar strikes carried out by Syrian warplanes in the area “where the sound of shelling and explosions continued until midnight yesterday”.

YPG-linked sources reported that the Kurdish fighters entered the villages of Jazaa, Mahmudiyah and al-Khaddaan  on Friday morning, following the air strikes. 

Noteworthy, the Islamic State seized control of the three villages after clashes with the Kurdish fighters of the YPG (military arm of the Democratic Union Party ‘PYD’) last week. Dozens of casualties were reported from both sides. 

 

Reporting by: Mir Yaqub

Source: ARA News

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