BEIRUT (AP) — A spokesman for the main Syrian Kurdish militia says the Kurds have seized large parts of the strategic border town of Tal Abyad, an Islamic State group stronghold.
Redur Khalil says the group known as the YPG has entered Tal Abyad from the east and was advancing toward the west amid fierce clashes with pockets of IS resistance.
He told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that he expects Tal Abyad to fall “within the next few hours.” He claims that IS fighters holed up in the town have fled toward Turkey.
The loss of Tal Abyad would be a huge blow to the Islamic State group and sever a key supply line for the extremists’ nearby de facto capital of Raqqa.
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