Syrian Kurdish fighters, known as (YPG), gained on Monday more ground from the ISIS-held territories in northern Syria, posing a real threat to the group’s de facto capital of Al-Raqqa.

The Kurds, backed by the US-coalition airstrikes and some minor rebel groups (namely Borkan Al-Furat “The Volcano of Euphrates”), took over Brigade 93, and later stormed the town of Ayn Issa located nearly 50 km to the north of Al-Raqqa.

The once Syrian Army stronghold fell to ISIS in August 2014 when the group’s wide-scale offensive swept the northern province of Al-Raqqa and seized large swathes including, Division 17 and Al-Tabqa airbase.

The rapid advance sparked disputes among ISIS’ high-ranking security officials and raised questions on the group’s true potentials compared to the propaganda it advertises.

The YPG has recently expelled ISIS from the bordering town of Tal Abyad; a victory that alarmed Turkish authorities on the Kurds’ recent sway along the borders.

Syria’s Kurds claim they are not seeking an independent state, but clings –at the same time- to regional autonomy. Kurds-populated areas in northern and northeastern Syria are currently run by the Kurdish administration.

Having taken over Tal Abyad, the Kurdish militia discovered a 400-meter long tunnel leading to Turkey, who has served as the main access point to
Islamic fighters willing to fight the Syrian government.

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Majd Fahd
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as Syrian monitor inside Syria,as general perspective, I think that ANY Kurdish military faction(YPG,PKK,PYD) against ISIS has advantages to the whole situation more that its disadvantages