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Syria Kurds liberate ten northern villages

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Fighters from the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) monitor the horizon during an operation in northeast Syria on June 28, 2015. (AFP)

Kurdish fighters in Syria have managed to retake some key villages in northern areas under the control of the Takfiri ISIL militants.

Reports on Tuesday said fighters of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) managed to liberate 10 villages captured by ISIL north of the city of Raqqa.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said airstrikes by the US-led coalition also contributed to the operation. It said about 80 ISIL militants have been killed in clashes and airstrikes that began Sunday.

However, fighting still reportedly continues over the control of Ayn Issa, a town located about 50 kilometers (31 miles) north of Raqqa, which ISIL captured Monday. The town is situated at an intersection on the main road from the northwestern province of Aleppo to Hasakah Province in the northeast.

The YPG forces and the allied Arab and Kurdish armed groups have made significant gains in the recent battle against ISIL in the Raqqa Province. On June 15, they captured the border town of Tal Abyad, which was previously used by ISIL as a major supply hub to transfer weapons and militants into Raqqa.

The most significant gain, however, came in January, when Kurds liberated the Kurdish town of Kobani, also known as Ain al-Arab, dealing a huge blow to militants operating in the Syrian-Turkish border region.

ISIL controls parts of Syria and Iraq, and has been carrying out horrific acts of violence such as public decapitations and crucifixions against all ethnic and religious communities.


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