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A member of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) prepares his weapon on a pickup truck near the city of Ras al-Ain November 5, 2013. REUTERS photo

A member of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) prepares his weapon on a pickup truck near the city of Ras al-Ain November 5, 2013. REUTERS photo

Kurdish militia in northern Syria have expelled Al-Qaeda-linked fighters from the majority Kurdish area of Ras al-Ain on the Turkish border, a monitoring group said on Tuesday.

"The Committees for the Protection of the Kurds (YPG) have taken over the Manajeer area, scene of battles with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Al-Nusra Front and other rebel groups," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
 
The capture of Manajeer left the whole of the area around the strategic border town of Ras al-Ain in Kurdish control, the group said.
 
The advance came a day after reports that Kurdish fighters had driven jihadists out of 19 towns and villages across northeastern Syria, and a week after they captured the key Iraqi border crossing at Yaarubiyeh.
 
The jihadists "have now lost their last remaining positions in the countryside of Ras al-Ain," the Observatory said.
 
The Al-Qaeda loyalists withdrew to the city of Raqa in the Euphrates valley to the southwest, the only provincial capital outside government control, and now dominated by ISIL.
 
Near the capital, the army pressed its offensive against rebel enclaves, hitting the town of Mleiha east of Damascus with a ground-to-ground missile, the Observatory said.
 
Amateur video posted online by activists showed a huge cloud of grey smoke rising above the town.
 
Southeast of Damascus, rebels shelled the majority Christian-Druze suburb of Jaramana, a government-held area that has come under repeated rebel attack, the Observatory said.
 
In the central province of Hama, ISIL fighters captured a rebel commander and more than 20 fighters in the latest infighting between the jihadists and mainstream rebels, the group added.

November/06/2013

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Servan Ismail Servan Ismail

11/11/2013 1:33:57 PM

@mehmet ypg are not terrorist they are just protecting the people. Tell me what makes them terrorist like these jihadist the state of Turkey is supporting? They don't behead or eat dead solders hearts or kill kids. I don't think you have single clue what's going on in Syria. Not only are ypg protecting the Kurds from these true terrorist but also Arabs and others. Look at videos on YouTube showing Arabs and others chanting for ypg because they eliminated the terrorist from there village.

Mehmet Yildirim

11/6/2013 11:59:42 PM

JRC JRC, the bad guys are the PKK/YPG terrorists that you Americans support remember?

ilker avni

11/6/2013 6:37:43 PM

Syria as i predicted will be carved up,with the rich North in the hands of the Kurds,forming a kurdish state,which turkey has to except,the pyg is clearing they area of Al Qaeda terroists who according to american inteligence are funded by Iran.Syrian kurds will join the oppostion forces to take half of syria,while Assad takes the South and the capital.Partioning Syria,Sunnie and Shitte devide.

Hakan Salci

11/6/2013 3:37:38 PM

This is the turmoil the West and foremost Turkey has created in Syria, a new Somalia in the making. I wish Al-Assad all the best in trying to restore order in his country, may God be with you.

JRC JRC

11/6/2013 2:35:06 PM

I'm completely lost now, who are the bad guys again?
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