Kurdish fighters flush Isil from key town in Syria

Kurdish fighters pushed out Islamic State from a key town in northern Syria yesterday, as the group – the West’s closest ally in the conflict – accused Turkey of deliberately targeting its positions.

The People’s Defence Units, a Kurdish milita operating in parts of northern Syria also known as the YPG, fought alongside Syrian army soldiers to overrun the last remaining Isil position in the city of Hasakeh, approximately 45 miles southwest of the town of Qamishli on the Turkish-Syrian border.

A statement released Saturday on the YPG’s official account said the group had pushed out “Isis terrorists” and was able to completely “secure the city.” Isil is alternatively known as Isis or Daesh, its Arabic acronym which is considered a pejorative by the group.