Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Kurdish YPG Forces Take Territory From ISIS Inside Raqqa Province

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that Kurdish troops, supported by Syrian rebel groups, have taken Baghdak Hill south of the border town Kobani which is situated within Raqqa province. IS has been driven from Kobani by the YPG and the all-female YPJ Kurdish forces, backed by US-led air strikes.

With assistance from the Free Syrian Army and the U.S. Air Force the YPJ fighters were able to take territory inside the ISIS stronghold for the first time. Reports from SOHR claim that 35 ISIS fighters had been killed as well as 4 members of the YPG. The YPG spokesman also said that 18 ISIS fighters were captured alive. 

This follows the swift push by the Kurds forcing ISIS to retreat from Kobane after nearly conquering the city 3 months ago. They have since seized over 163 villages surrounding Kobane as they seek to take control of Kurdish villages and push ISIS as far away from them as possible. 

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