At least 11 Kurdish fighters killed in clashes with ISIS in Syria’s Raqqa

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Kurdish citizens in Serekaniye town, northeast Syria, bidding farewell to several YPG fighters who were killed in clashes with ISIS. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) said on Saturday that at least 11 of their fighters have been killed in renewed clashes with Islamic State’s (ISIS) extremists in Syria’s northern Raqqa city.

The YPG is a leading member of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

“As our units continue their military efforts to eliminate ISIS terrorists in Raqqa, eleven of our fighters lost their lives in recent clashes with the terrorist group,” the Kurdish leadership said in a statement.

The YPG reported that they’ve been locked in fierce clashes with ISIS militants in the Abu Khashab district east of Raqqa city, where ISIS used car bomb attacks to impede the YPG-SDF progress.

Last week, the YPG confirmed the death of another 15 fighters by ISIS fire.

Supported by the US-led coalition, the YPG and other factions of the SDF are currently combatting ISIS militants in Raqqa–the de facto capital of the radical group in northeastern Syria.

The YPG is also fighting against Turkey-backed Islamist groups in northwestern Syria, mainly in the Afrin district of Aleppo province.

Reporting by: Hozan Mamo | Source: ARA News

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