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Kurdish forces retake Syrian town from ISIL

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)
A fighter from the Kurdish People Protection Unit (YPG) watches smoke billowing into the sky in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakah on June 28, 2015. (© AFP)

Kurdish fighters have managed to retake a town in Syria’s northern province of Aleppo from Takfiri ISIL militants as they continue to push the terrorists back from the area.

The People’s Protection Units (YPG) forces took full control of the town of Sarrin, which lies northeast of the provincial capital of Aleppo and is situated 3 kilometers (1.8 miles) east of the Euphrates River, on Sunday, following days of heavy clashes with ISIL terrorists, the Kurdish-language Rudaw television network reported on Monday.

Kurdish troopers also wrested control of the nearby districts of Mujbala, Iza’a, Tal Showaiha and Shaikh Salih.

Meanwhile, Syrian army forces inflicted heavy losses on foreign-backed militants as they carried out mop-up operations against them.

On Monday, scores of al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front terrorists were killed during intense clashes with Syrian troops in the Khan al-Sheeh neighborhood southwest of the capital, Damascus, Syria’s official news agency SANA reported.

Syrian troopers also fired a barrage of mortar rounds at militant hideouts in Jubata al-Khashab and Tranja villages, located approximately four kilometers (2.4 miles) north of Syria’s southwestern city of Quneitra. A number of al-Nusra Front Takfiris were reportedly killed in the attacks.

In this archival picture, Syrian soldiers keep watch during clashes with foreign-backed militants in al-Mishrfeh town, Syria. (© Xinhua)


Separately, Syrian government forces killed several ISIL militants on the outskirts of the ancient city of Palmyra, situated 215 kilometers (133 miles) northeast of Damascus.

The developments come as Syrian army soldiers and Kurdish forces have managed to make gains against ISIL terrorists in Syria’s northeastern city of Hasakah.

Last month, ISIL terrorists began their assault on Hasakah before capturing a number of its neighborhoods and forcing the evacuation of many of its residents. 

The conflict in Syria, which started in March 2011, has reportedly claimed more than 230,000 lives up until now.

The violence has also forced over 3.8 million Syrians to take refuge in neighboring countries, including Jordan and Lebanon. More than 7.2 million others have been displaced within Syria, according to the United Nations.

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