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Kurdish Fighters Gain Control of Syria-Iraq Border Town

By Rudaw 26/10/2013
A YPG sniper takes aim at a convoy of Islamist fighters near Seyekaniye. Photo: ANF video
A YPG sniper takes aim at a convoy of Islamist fighters near Seyekaniye. Photo: ANF video

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—The spokesman for the Kurdish People’s Defense Units (YPG) said Saturday morning that they have driven out Islamist rebels and are now in control of Tel Kocer (Yarubiyah) on the Syria-Iraq Border.

YPG spokesman Redur Xelil told Rudaw that after some fierce fighting with the rebels of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the Jabhat al-Nusrah, their forces are now running the border town.

Tel Kocer is located east of Qamishli—the largest Kurdish city in Syria—and is home to a mix of Kurdish-Arab population.

According to Xelil, YPG fighters have been engaged in separate battles with the al-Nusrah group and the ISIL in the past few days in Tel Kocer.

The YPG is the armed wing of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), the dominant Kurdish party in Syria.


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Simko | 26/10/2013
A God blessed victory. May more Kurdish victories come. Shame to those Kurds not willing to stand by their akins and are sinking in corruption and tresonous rivaleries.We are witnessing a true revival of the spirit of Simko Shkak,President Qazi nd saint Piran among our Rojava fighters.May God protect them. Greetings to comrade Redur Xelil and his courageous soldiers for this big achievement. Pirozbe !
Arjun | 26/10/2013
Yes!! Kick out all the terrorists, and liberate ALL of Rojava!!!
66mahmoud | 26/10/2013
Sam | 27/10/2013
This are the true revolutionary of Kurds , they are defending Kurds land against terrorist group belong to Turkish terrorist state . Kurds need like those kind of revolution , to get rid of all terrorist group belong to Turkish terrorist state and including PDK terrorist group on border who are acting on behave of Turkish terrorist state.
Russel Check | 27/10/2013
They are winning because 1. Many veteran fighters from the PKK who are from Rojava have returned there and are leading the fight. The PKK whether you like their ideology or not are the most efficient guerrilla force on the planet period, the have held off Nato's second largest army for 4 decades and caused considerable damage to Turkish forces 2. The vast majority of Kurds of Rojava (DESPITE what Rudaw and KDP have been trying to falsely convey) are backing their fighter's, YPG have become a national force. If only KRG's leaders had the vision and courage to actively help them they could wipe out ALL terrorists out of Rojava in record time, and it would be a catalyst for unity a hundred times better than any conference.
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