According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Islamic State militants have attacked and re-captured the town of Tal Abyad in northern Syria on Tuesday. Officials from the organization stated the town was lost to Kurdish opposition fighters two weeks ago after an intense fight to take back to the town from extremist control.
The town is a key strategic stronghold for the Islamic State to advance their campaign in neighboring Turkey. Fighting along the border has been going on for months, as well as in the region surrounding Saudi Arabia. The loss of the town in the beginning of June was a a great blow to Islamic State militants, as it is on an important supply route to Raqqa, another stronghold for the extremist group.
Over the past 48 hours, militants have launched multiple assaults on the town of Kobane, a few miles west of Tal Abyad. During the seizure, over 200 people were killed, including civilians. There is no official death count yet from the incident.
According to the Syrian Observatory, the Islamic State has been confirmed to have taken control of the Mashor Foqani distict on the outskirts of Tal Abyad. There is no word yet if Kurdish forces will launch an offensive on the town.
By Alex Lemieux
BBC News: Islamic State ‘attacks Syrian town of Tal Abyad’
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