News from the Revolution in Rojava and Wider Kurdistan
Despite the YPG’s declaration of a cease-fire prior to the celebration of Eid al-Adha, attacks by al-Qaeda affiliates and units allied with the Free Syrian Army against areas under control of the YPG continued throughout the four-day Muslim holiday.
According to a statement from the YPG’s Efrin-Aleppo field command, and reported by ANF, the YPG were able to hold their positions in spite of ongoing attacks in western Rojava. On the first day of the holiday, the Asifet Şimal Brigade – an affiliate of the FSA – attacked the YPG in the village of Yazıbağ, near the town of Azaz. When their attack was repulse the FSA brigade launched an attack on the Qestel Cindo hill immediately above the village. In response the YPG launched a counterattack against a group affiliated with the Islamic State or Iraq and Syria (ISIS) that had been sent to reinforce the FSA units around Qestel Cindo using YPG Armor units, severely damaging an ISIS barracks in the area. Fighting around the village still continues.
In the course of the three-day fighting the YPG destroyed a truck-mounted machine gun, and captured a weapons depot from which they were able to retrieve a large stockpile of heavy weaponry – including motor munitions – smalls arms, ammunition, military equipment. In addition the YPG also claimed to have recovered a tank. Although it is not known exactly how many casualties the enemy suffered, at least two corpses were recovered by the YPG.
Seperately small scale clashes are reported to have broken out near the village of Marin.