Kurdish fighters expel ISIS radicals from major stronghold in Syria


Kurdish fighters of the YPG at the top of Mount Abdelaziz in Hasakah province after expelling ISIS militants from the area, Wednesday, May 20, 2015. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Hasakah, Syria – Following fierce battles with the militant fighters of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS), the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) announced Wednesday that they gained control of the Mount Abdulaziz (Mount Kazhoan) west of Hasakah, in northeastern Syria. 

The YPG’s General Command issued a statement, of which ARA News received a copy, saying that their forces seized control of both the hills of Izaa and Robar, and liberated a number of new villages in the countryside of Hasakah subsequent to IS withdrawal from Mount Abdulaziz.

The YPG’s leadership pointed out that two of the YPG fighters lost their lives during the recent military campaign to liberate Mount Abdulaziz from IS extremists.

Activists from the western countryside of Hasakah told ARA News that, under the fire of Kurdish forces, IS’ militants escaped the villages of Maghlouja and al-Gharra, the largest strongholds of the group west of Hasakah city.

The YPG fighters were supported by the U.S.-led coalition’s warplanes during their operations on Wednesday.

Speaking to ARA News in Hasakah, Kurdish journalist Adnan Hassan said the liberation of Mount Abdulaziz makes the western countryside of the province “completely under the YPG’s control”.

“The Kurdish forces are currently maintaining security of Hasakah countryside, Sere Kaniye (Ras al-Ain) and the town of Tel Temir from any IS aggression. Mount Abdulaziz is a key to eliminate IS terrorists in the province,” he added.


Reporting by: Zozan Shekho  

Source: ARA News

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