Kurdish militants seize checkpoint in northeast Syria
Clashes continued between Kurdish militants linked to the Democratic Union Party and foreign-backed armed groups near several villages in the region on Saturday.
The Kurdish militants took control of the key checkpoint and also seized light weapons, ammunition, a vehicle mounted with a heavy machinegun, and a mortar launcher.
The Democratic Union Party is linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) in Turkey. The PKK has been fighting for an autonomous Kurdish region in southeastern Turkey since the 1980s. The conflict has left tens of thousands of people dead.
The advance came after the Kurdish militants took control of the town of Ras al-Ain in the border province of Hasakah, forcing out the al-Qaeda-linked militants.
This came as the Syrian army gained full control over al-Rashedin District in the northern city of Aleppo on Friday, after fierce clashes with foreign-backed Takfiri militants.
The government forces destroyed a hideout used by militants for rigging vehicles with explosives.
Similar clashes also erupted near some other Aleppo districts with army soldiers killing a large number of terrorists.
Foreign-sponsored militancy has taken its toll on the lives of many people, including large numbers of Syrian soldiers and security personnel, since March 2011.
Western powers and their regional allies including the Israeli regime, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are supporting anti-Syria militant groups, including al-Qaeda-linked terrorists.
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