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Tall Abyad: IS captures Suluk and Hammam at Turkuman

KurdWatch, March 3, 2016—In the early morning of February 27, 2016 fighters for the Islamic State (IS) started an offensive in the direction of Tall Abyad. The IS was able to capture the city of Suluk, located twenty kilometers southeast of Tall Abyad, as well as the village of Hammam at‑Turkuman, a further eight kilometer south. Subsequently, the IS fighters advanced towards the eastern city districts of Tall Abyad. Fighters for the People’s Defense Units (YPG) of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) succeeded in pushing back the IS fighters out of Tall Abyad with the help of the US American air force. Sources close to the PYD spoke of one hundred dead IS fighters. Furthermore, there are reports that many civilians died during the battles.

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