Kurdish fighters have taken control of the border town of Tal Abyad, dealing a significant blow to Islamic State’s ability to wage war in Syria by cutting off a supply line to its self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa.
A senior Kurdish commander, Haqi Kobane, said on Tuesday that the Kurdish YPG militia units that he leads, along with their allies from the Free Syrian Army, were starting to clear booby traps and mines in Tal Abyad. The ISIS had been in control of the town on the Turkish border for more than a year.
“Daesh has been broken at the hands of the YPG … It is a victory for all Syrians,” he said by phone from northern Syria, using the Arabic acronym for ISIS. […]