Islamic State attacks YPG-held town at Turkish border

Reuters News
Posted: Feb 27, 2016 6:34 AM

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters attacked the town of Tel Abyad controlled by the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia at the Turkish border as well as the nearby town of Suluk on Saturday, YPG spokesman Redur Xelil told Reuters.

The YPG and Syrian Kurdish internal security forces were able to "crush this attack and encircle the attackers," Xelil said. "The attackers were eliminated," he added. He gave no casualty toll.

The YPG captured Tel Abyad from IS last year in an offensive backed by U.S.-led air strikes.

Xelil said some of the attackers on Saturday infiltrated from the Turkish border to the north, reiterating accusations that Turkey was supporting the group. Turkey has consistently denied those accusations.

Other attackers infiltrated from the south, Xelil said.

(Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Hugh Lawson)