Publishe Date: 7:03 PM - 9/12/2015 | Print

ISIL Strives to Compensate Heavy Losses in Syria's Raqqa

Politics - Military sources said that fierce clashes broke out between Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and militants of the ISIL in the countryside of Tel Abyad town in the Northeastern Syrian province of Raqqa.

“Subsequent to an offensive by the ISIL terrorists on villages near Tel Abyad town, fierce clashes took place in the area between the radical group and YPG forces,” a spokesman for the Kurdish YPG forces told ARA News.

Nuraddin Gaban said that the ISIL militants launched an attack on areas stretching from Ain Issa to Tel Abyad in Northern Raqqa, “which led to clashes that continued until Friday evening”.

The source added that more than five ISIL militants were killed before the group’s withdrawal towards its main headquarters in Raqqa city.

“We have lost two of our bravest fighters in the clashes. But we were finally able to repel the terrorists’ attack,” the YPG spokesman said.

Gaban added that the YPG has seized weapons and ammunition that was left behind by the ISIL militants before retreating from the clashes’ locations.

In the meantime, the YPG General Command issued a statement saying that the ISIL group infiltrated into the village of Ser Giran near Tel Abyad on Thursday evening, adding that the group withdrew after being exposed to heavy artillery shelling by the Kurdish forces.

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