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Syrian Kurds say Islamic State may open new fronts in northeast
February 2, 2015 / 2:56 PM / 3 years ago

Syrian Kurds say Islamic State may open new fronts in northeast

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian Kurdish militia that drove Islamic State militants from Kobani with the help of U.S.-led air strikes said on Monday the radical Islamist group may now open new fronts against it in northeastern Syria.

Redur Xelil, spokesman for the Kurdish YPG militia, said Islamic State forces were collapsing around Kobani, a town at the border with Turkey that became a focal point for the U.S.-led military campaign against Islamic State in Syria.

“We believe Daesh received a big and very severe blow but it is normal for terrorist organisations such as Daesh to open other fronts to recover what is left of its standing,” Xelil told Reuters in a telephone interview, using a pejorative Arabic acronym for Islamic State.

“There are daily clashes and perhaps these battles and clashes will increase, particularly in the Jazeera region, because Daesh will turn to other areas to recover what is left of its standing,” he said. The Jazeera region is the Kurdish name for northeastern Syria.

Reporting by Tom Perry; Editing by Tom Heneghan

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