Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), backed by smaller rebel factions and US-led coalition continue their push toward key ISIS-held town of Tal Abyad near the Turkish borders.
The attacking forces controlled a number of villages to the eastern and southeastern outskirts of Tal Abyad including Mashhour Tahtani and Al-Shyoukh Foqani, establishing control in areas only 5 km away from the bordering town.
To prevent further advance, ISIS blew up two bridges in Al-Jalab and Shrei’an. According to local sources, the only 150 ISIS fighters now defending Tal Abyad have threatened to pull back if no military enforcements will be sent. A request that seems almost impossible to be fulfilled as US-led coalition warplanes heavily hovering the areas, monitoring every yard.
Local sources also reported that4 YPG elements were killed, others injured as an ISIS suicide bomber blew himself up near YPG posts in the southwestern outskirts of Tal Abyad.
The Kurdish militia and allied forces start their push to the bordering town with the aim to expel ISIS from Tal Abyad and reach their forces in Kobani to the east.
Today, 15 ‘Revolutionary Factions’ accused the Kurdish fighters of committing ‘ethnic cleansing’ against the Arab-populated villages in their overrun to Tal Abyad, vowing vengeance.
In a relate d context, Turkey’s Erdogan said PYG’s potential takeover of Tal Abyad pose a direct threat to Turkey, voicing worries about the displacement of Turkmens and Arab.