Kurdish forces seize key military base from IS in Syria


Damascus: The Kurdish People’s Protection Units, with the support of US-led international coalition, have gained control of the Brigade 93 military base in the Syrian province of al-Raqqa after clashes with Islamic State (IS), the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday.

The base is located on southwest of Ain Issa village, where Kurdish forces and rebel fractions gained entry following the seizure of Brigade 93.

In the event, Kurdish forces took control of Ain Issa and the IS first line of defence were pushed to just outside al-Raqqa, the radical group’s main stronghold in Syria.

Meanwhile, international coalition airstrikes claimed the lives of at least 26 IS militants in Ain Issa, most of whom were Syrian nationals.