Urfa, Turkey – Subsequent to fierce battles with militants of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS), the joint forces of People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Burkan al-Furat, supported by the U.S.-led coalition’s warplanes, regained major parts of the strategic city of Tel Abyad (Gire Spi) in Raqqa province, northeastern Syria, YPG sources reported on Monday.
The joint forces attacked ISIS from the eastern and southern sides of the city.
Speaking to ARA News, YPG members said that the joint forces gained control of the city’s crossing on the Turkish border, where dozens of IS militants surrendered to the Turkish army following the clashes.
“The Turkish army arrested IS fleeing members and transferred the foreign ones to unknown places, while kept local insurgents inside a building near the crossing,” the source added.
After more than a year and a half of the IS black flag waving on Tel Abyad’s crossing, the joint forces raised the flag of Syria independence (a symbol taken by the Syrian opposition) on the border crossing of the city.