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Syria in Last 24 Hours: Kurdish Forces Seize Back Strategic Village in Hasaka Province

The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) took back a strategic town in Hasaka countryside from ISIL control after heavy clashes with the Takfiri terrorists.
The YPG forces liberated Tal Hamis town in the Southern countryside of Qamishli in Hasaka province.

The Kurdish forces started their military operations for liberating Tal Hamis on February 22. The YPG forces are now preparing themselves for carrying out military operations to liberate the town of Al-Houl in Hasaka province.

Meantime, the Syrian army brought back security to the villages of Farfara, Tal Ahmad, Kherbat Noura, Tafihyeh, and Khazna after heavy clashes with the militants. The army soldiers drove out the ISIL terrorists during the operation, defusing dozens of IEDs and destroying several vehicles.

Also in the past 24 hours, people took to the streets in Syria’s Northwestern city of Idlib to protest against the al-Nusra Front terrorist group. The demonstrators, who were mainly youth, took part in the march on Friday to call on the al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group to leave the region immediately.

The protesters also called for the release of several activists detained by the terrorists. The rally came one day after Syria’s ambassador to the United Nations accused the West and certain regional countries of supporting terrorist groups operating in the Arab country.

In an address to the UN Security Council on February 26, Bashar Ja’afari further warned that the humanitarian situation in Syria will worsen. Also, the Turkish Foreign Ministry confirmed that the train-and-equip program for Syrian opposition militants will start on March 1 in Turkey.

During his weekly address to the press, Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesman Tanju Bilgic said the program “will start on March 1″. “I cannot give further details about the program,” Bilgic added.

On Feb 20, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu had mentioned that around 2,000 Syrian gunmen will take part in a train-and-equip program in Turkey starting in early March.

Cavusoglu said that other countries, such as Qatar and Saudi Arabia, were also engaged in similar programs.

On Feb 19, Turkey and the US inked a deal to train-and-equip the Syrian terrorists, Turkish diplomatic sources said.

Syria has been grappling with a deadly crisis since March 2011, where the western media reports accuse countries, mainly the US, Turkey and Saudi Arabia of orchestrating the conflict in the country and providing terrorist groups with money, weapons and trained mercenaries.

The al-Nusra Front, along with the ISIL Takfiri terrorists, has committed numerous atrocities in the Middle Eastern country over the past couple of years.

The violence, fueled by Takfiri groups, has so far claimed the lives of over 210,000 people, latest reports show.

Over 3.8 million Syrians have left their country since the beginning of the crisis. More than 7.2 million Syrians have also become internally displaced, according to the UN.

The US and its regional allies, including Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, have supported the terrorist groups operating against the government of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

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