04:18 GMT17 January 2021
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    Daesh terrorists are preparing a new attack on the Kurdish-held city of Tell Abyad in Syria, Kurdistan National Congress spokesman Selahattin Soro said Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Soro said that Daesh terrorists are reinforcing themselves in their so-called capital of Raqqa in Syria.

    “There’s information that Daesh is currently preparing a new, more powerful attack on Tell Abyad, it is reinforcing its ranks in its ‘capital’ city of Raqqa that’s not far from Tell Abyad,” Soro told RIA Novosti in an interview.

    He said Tell Abyad is a strategically important city for the Daesh due to oil smuggling routes.

    “This is a strategically important city. Oil is transferred from Daesh's territory into Turkey through it. Moreover, if the militants take Tell Abyad, the Kurdish territory will be split and communication between the cantons of Kobani and Cizre will be disrupted. Kobani will again fall to the militants as in 2014,” Soro said.

    He said that the Kurds are counting on US help in attacking Daesh terrorists in the area, which also includes Syrian Kurdistan.

    “The [Americans] are helping, including from the air. They are conducting sorties from the Rumilan Base as well as from the Incirlik Base in Turkey,” Soro said.

    More than 150 Kurdish militants died in the city of Aleppo and the canton of Afrin in the last four days since the Syrian truce came into effect, Kurdistan National Congress spokesman Selahattin Soro said Tuesday.

    “In the Afrin canton and the city of Aleppo alone around 150 Kurds have died since the truce came into effect. Most of them are civilians and only 25 were YPG [People’s Protection Units] militants,” Soro told RIA Novosti in an interview.

    He said that Russian Aerospace Forces were supporting Kurdish units in the Afrin canton and in Aleppo, “but now the Russians are observing the truce and aren’t flying.”


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