Yesterday, large numbers of ISIS fighters attacked the Syrian border town of Tel Abyad, seizing a significant portion of the eastern part of the town. Today, Kurdish officials are reporting they’ve thwarted the attack and expelled ISIS outright.
Though monitors have affirmed that the Kurdish YPG appears to have full control over Tel Abyad again, the fact that the YPG is claiming only four ISIS fighters were killed in the day-long battle is puzzling, and suggests that the attack was simply a hit-and-run.
That’s the exact opposite of what the YPG was saying, as yesterday they claimed ISIS was trying a Kobani style strike, and had committed “mass suicide” by attacking the town and getting surrounded. Somehow, four seems much less mass than what was expected.
The fighting in Kobani late last week left around 300 people dead, including scores of ISIS fighters. Though Tel Abyad is a much smaller target, one would assume ISIS would’ve sent a meaningful force there, particularly since it appears to be an important commerce route between ISIS territory and Turkey.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Trump's Pentagon to Spend Nearly $500 Million on Gitmo Construction - August 21st, 2017
- US Navy Halts Fleet Operations After Latest Collision - August 21st, 2017
- Russia Says 200 ISIS Fighters Killed in a Single Syria Airstrike - August 21st, 2017
- Trump Officials Trying to Finalize Legal Language to Expand Gitmo's Use - August 20th, 2017
- White House Continues to Talk Up 'Preventative War' Against North Korea - August 20th, 2017