Syrian Kurds push deeper into Islamic State stronghold




 
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June 13th, 2015  
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Topic: Syrian Kurds push deeper into Islamic State stronghold


By Tom Perry BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said it began an advance towards an Islamic State-held town at the Turkish border on Saturday, thrusting deeper into the jihadists' stronghold of Raqqa province in a campaign backed by U.S.-led air strikes. Redur Xelil, the YPG spokesman, told Reuters the YPG and smaller Syrian Arab rebel groups fighting alongside it had begun the move towards Tel Abyad after encircling the Islamic State-held town of Suluk 20 km (12 miles) to the southeast. The advance raises the prospect of a battle at the Turkish border between the well-organized YPG militia and Islamic State.




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