Kurdish People’s Protection Units, backed by rebel factions and Anti-ISIS coalition jet fighters, managed to encircle the ISIS-held town of Suluk (nearly 20 km from Tal Abyad), after heavy clashes with jihadis.

Tal Abyad, a key crossing border with Turkey, is of great importance to ISIS since it is the nearest border town to Al-Raqqa, its de facto capital.

The attacking forces pulled back from the eastern part of the town due to the landmines planted by ISIS there.

The Kurdish fighters seek to reach its forces in Kobane, a city where YPG fended off a wide-scale ISIS attack in January with the help of anti-ISIS coalition airstrikes.

Thousands of people have already fled the fighting to neighboring Turkey.

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