Eight IS militants killed in Syria


Damascus, Jan 13 (IANS) At least eight members of the Sunni radical group Islamic State (IS) were killed Tuesday in clashes with Kurdish fighters in Syria, a monitor group reported.

The IS attacked positions of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) near the al-Hal marketplace and east of the secure governmental zone in the predominantly Kurdish city of Ayn al-Arab, or Kobane, Xinhua quoted the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights as saying.

The London-based watchdog group added that the YPG responded to the attacks, killing eight IS militants.

The US-led anti-terror coalition also carried out three strikes against IS positions in Ayn al-Arab, the Observatory said without elaboration.

IS militants have been on a major offensive against Ayn al-Arab since last September, appearing determined to capture the strategic city on the borders with Turkey.

The resilience of Kurdish fighters and US-led airstrikes have so far contributed to slowing down IS advance in northern Syria.