Thursday, September 12, 2013

YPG War Balance – Sept. 10-11, 2013

The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) has issued a statement regarding clashes on Sept. 10-11 with al-Qaeda-aligned Islamic Stateof Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) and Al-NusraFront, in Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan).

According to YPG’s statement, a total of 177 ISIS/Nusra fighters were killed on different fronts in Rojava. YPG reports that 8 of its fighters were killed in the clashes. The high number of al-Qaeda casualties has been attributed to reckless large-scale attacks on well-defended YPG positions. YPG also believes that the attacks carried out by ISIS/Nusra -- the largest to date -- were in honor to the September 11 terrorist attacks.

A breakdown of clashes between YPG and ISIS/Nusra is as follows:

September 10, 2001

Qamishlo and vicinity: 

20 ISIS/Nusra fighters were killed when YPG liberated the village of Uwêniyê from al-Qaeda-aligned groups.

September 11, 2001

Serêkaniyê (Ras al-Ayn):

16 ISIS/Nusra fighters were killed when YPG carried out a pre-emptive strike on an al-Qaeda staging base, dispersing the Jihadists.

Girkê Legê (Al-Ma’abada) and vicinity:

13 ISIS/Nusra fighters were killed in clashes with YPG when Jihadist forces attacked the village of Girhok, close to the town of Çilaxa.

58 ISIS/Nusra fighters were killed when a large group of them attacked YPG positions in Rimêla Paşa (Rumaylan Basha).

Til Koçer (Al-Ya’rubiah) and vicinity:

26 ISIS/Nusra fighters were killed when they attacked the village of Xiraba Jêr.

32 ISIS/Nusra fighters were killed in the villages of Mişerfa and Sidêdiyê where they mounted another large-scale attack. YPG reports that two tanks and four DShK-carrying trucks belonging to ISIS/Nusra were also destroyed.

Girê Spî (Til Ebyad) and vicinity:

12 ISIS/Nusra fighters were killed when they attacked YPG positions between the villages of Çelbê and Birkino. Two DShK-carrying trucks were also destroyed.

UPDATE (September 12):

YPG states that two al-Qaeda Emirs were among the dead Jihadists in Girkê Legê. Another two Emirs were captured wounded. The name of one of the dead Emirs is believed to be Abu Kheteb, and the name of one of the wounded Emirs is Emu Ammar Sehyoni. Both are foreign citizens (non-Syrians).

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