Kurds deter ISIS attack near Assyrian town

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Members of the Kurdish-Assyrian joint forces observing an IS-held village in the countryside of Tel Temir town in northeastern Syria. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Tel Temir, Syria – On Wednesday, he Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) carried out an offensive on the village of Kharita in the countryside of Tel Temir in Hasakah province, northeastern Syria, which was followed by fierce clashes between the radical group and the joint forces (the People’s Protection Units “YPG” and Haras al-Khabur fighters) in the area. 

Speaking to ARA News, Sarhad Botan, a YPG fighter in the battlefronts of Tel Temir, said that their units deterred the IS-led attack and stopped the group’s advancement through counterattacks, leading to clashes that continued until Wednesday midnight.

“We (YPG) cannot disclose the results of these battles yet,” he added.

In a related development, the General Command of the YPG issued Wednesday a statement, of which ARA News received a copy, saying that fierce clashes continue at several points and the results will be disclosed to the public as soon as the battles are suspended.

The IS group has taken over several Assyrian villages in the countryside of Tel Temir, killing dozens and displacing thousands of civilians from their hometowns in Hasakah province. Kurds and Assyrians formed have a joint military forces to regain the IS-held areas and defend the region against the group’s atrocities. 

 

Reporting by: Jiwan Saman

Source: ARA News

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