‘After each strike we launch an attack’: Kurdish fighter in Kobane

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A Kurdish fighter of the YPG during preparation for attacks against IS-held locations File photo

ARA News 

Kobane, Syria – The U.S.-led international coalition launched more than ten air raids on bases belonging to the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS), an al-Qaeda offshoot, in the Kurdish city of Kobane and its suburbs on Tuesday.

The coalition’s fighter jets bombed several IS-held sites southeast and southwest of the city, targeting the group’s assembly points as well as military vehicles on Mount Mishtanoor, south of 48th Street and the village of Mameed, accomplishing direct hits.

The U.S.-led airstrikes also hit the western outskirts of the city and the IS-held village of Tel Shaeeron Tuesday morning.

Following the coalition’s bombardment, the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) ــlinked to the Democratic Union Party (PYDــ) attacked the remaining militants of IS in the village of Tel Shaeer and took control of the village as well as the hill overlooking Tel Shaeer.

Speaking to ARA News in Kobane, the leading member of the YPG forces, Chekdar Kobani, said that the Kurdish fighters are advancing with the support of the U.S.-led strikes against the IS militants in Kobane.

“The IS’ operations aimed to take control of Kobane have been paralyzed by the constant airstrikes, which led to the loss of many military vehicles as well as fighters in the ranks of the terrorist group,” Kobani said. “Our forces (YPG) have tried to seize the opportunity and attack IS-held areas after every round of airstrikes.”

He added that at least 6 IS-led military vehicles loaded with heavy machine guns were destroyed on Tuesday.

Notably, the IS is receiving daily reinforcements from its headquarters in Raqqa and Tel Abyad in order to compensate the lack of logistic and human losses caused by the strikes of the U.S.-led coalition.

 

Reporting by: Jan Ali

Source: ARA News

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