Islamic State Militants Capture Town of Tal Abyad

islamic stateAccording 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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One Response to "Islamic State Militants Capture Town of Tal Abyad"

  1. Vinko   June 30, 2015 at 11:27 am

    I already opposed this guy at some other opportunity for his unfair reporting. It seems he is persistent or just want to be well known journalist in an awkward way.
    Dear Mr. Lemieux some hundred IS fouls are unable to reoccupy the city as you reported. For such tricky reporting even the source stated should prevent you approaching their news and misinterpreting them.


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