Syrian Kurdish militia reclaims town from ISIS
Also on Monday, two bombs hit the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli in northeastern Syria, wounding at least three people
Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militias, aided by U.S.-led airstrikes, reclaimed the town of Sarrin held by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in northern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.
The Observatory said the town near the Euphrates River was a launchpad for ISIS to wage raids on the Kurdish-held town of Kobane further north at the border with Turkey. U.S.-led air strikes assisted the Kurds in the assault, said Rami Abdulrahman, who runs the Observatory.
Also on Monday, two bombs hit the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli in northeastern Syria, wounding at least three people, Reuters news agency reported citing the Observatory.
The first blast hit a patrol of Kurdish fighters from the YPG and wounded three people, the Britain-based monitoring group said.
The second bomb appeared to have targeted Kurdish local security forces, it said, reporting injuries but no precise toll.
State television also reported the two bomb attacks.
Kurdish activist Arin Shekhmos said the first blast had targeted a YPG car on patrol but that the wounded were civilians.
He said the second blast hit a market area and that three civilians had been wounded.
Qamishli is Syria's biggest Kurdish-majority city, and considered by the Kurds to be the capital of Hasakeh province.
The city has been targeted by bombings before, with the Islamic State group believed to be behind the attacks.
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