Kurdish Defense Forces Confronting, Da’esh Across Vast Territory

Clashes Between Kurdish Forces and Da’esh in South Kurdistan


Clashes are taking place between Kurdish forces and ISIS groups in the southern side of Kirkuk city in South Kurdistan.

Guerrillas of HPG (Peoples’ Defense Forces) and YJA Star (Free Women’s Troops) and peshmerga forces are engaged in clashes with ISIS gangs in the sub-district of Meryem Beg on the southern border of Kirkuk city since 7 am this morning. Fighting continues with heavy arms on both sides.

ISIS gangs positioned in the villages of Westanê and Mucammaa Sehid have launches an aggression with heavy arms on the emplacement area of guerrilla and peshmerga forces 1 km away. Heavy clashes erupted in the area upon an immediate and harsh strong by Kurdish forces.

While the heavy fighting continues in some areas, guerrilla and peshmerga commanders stated that ISIS gangs were inflicted heavy losses during the clashes while Kurdish forces suffered none.

Syrian Democratic Forces Discover Daesh’s Bomb-Making Facility


A control center employed by elements of the terrorist group Daesh (ISIS) to create improvised explosive devices (IED) was discovered by combatants from the Syrian Democratic Forces (QSD) during search phase of Operation Liberate Southern Kobane on January 9 in the vicinity of Tishreen area, secured December 30, 2015, western banks of Euphrates River, Kobane.

Combined military units from the Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance of unified Arab, Kurdish and Assyrian Christian forces in Rojava, northern Syria, managed in late December 2015 to claim control over the strategically important Tishreen Dam and its surrounding extent from the Daesh terrorists in a joint campaign supported by the International Coalition in southern portion in Kobane Canton. The Syrian Democratic Forces since then have been conducting numerous security patrols, mine-clearing activities and humanitarian projects in the newly liberated areas along the Euphrates. These operations endured until January 2016 with a focus on the rural district comprised of the villages Yousuf Pasha, Qishle, Haji Hussain, Haji Hamada and Hassan Akha, 4 kilometers south of Tishreen Dam.

Continuing the search process, the Syrian Democratic Forces on January 9 were able to discover a headquarters of terrorist forces which was utilized to facilitate deadly IEDs. Following documents show a cache consisted of large quantities of highly explosive equipment, bomb-making components, homemade anti-personnel mines packed with ball bearings and hundreds of meters of detonation cord Daesh operatives used to produce mines as part of the group’s desperately applied strategies that pose a great threat against civilians returning to their communities in Kobane region.

A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces examines one of nearly a thousand booby-trapped boards used as roadside bombs
Sign reading in Arabic: “Watch out, minefield!”
Signs in Arabic used to display different notifications in booby-trapped fields

Photo & Video: Dicle Ehmed / ANHA | Additional Report: Dilan Nergiz / People’s Defense Units (YPG)

Kobane County Receiving Ceaseless Mortar Fire From Western Euphrates



Continuing months-long assaults against western portion of Kobane region, fighters from the terrorist group Daesh (ISIS) – employing heavy weapons from occupied positions in southern Jarabulus along western banks of the Euphrates River – in the afternoon of January 7 carried out an attack on the village Qereqozax, southwestern Kobane, Rojava, northern Syria.

Similarly, in the evening of January 7, Daesh elements directed second phase of their offense against multiple points in the same region as they shelled the rural district inhabited by civilian population near the Qereqozax village with intense mortar attacks. Additional report on potential casualties resulted from the noted attacks will follow in the next statements.

People’s Defense Units (YPG) | Press Office 2016