Syrian Kurds expand gains against Islamic State in northeast

BEIRUT – A Syrian Kurdish militia has captured a town from Islamic State in the northeast, a group monitoring the war reported on Wednesday, compounding recent losses for the jihadists in a strategic corner of Syria. The capture of the town of al-Mabroukah by the YPG militia opens the road for its forces to advance towards the Islamic State’s stronghold in Raqqa province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.


The Observatory said the YPG had seized control of 4,000 square kilometres in this month’s advance.



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