American experts detonate Islamic State landmines in Eastern al-Raqqa

تحرير عبيدة النبواني | ترجمة محمد غيث | تحرير الترجمة Freda Hocaine 🕔 تم النشر بتاريخ : 18 يوليو، 2018 1:14:10 م خبر عسكري وحدات حماية الشعب الكردية

Al-Raqqa, SMART

On Wednesday, American experts along with a team of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), detonated Islamic State (ISIS) landmines which were taken out of the neighborhoods of al-Raqqa city in Northeastern Syria.

A source in the Kurdish intelligence service reported that they transported the landmines to ground holes that are 15 kilometers east of the city of al-Tabaqa and 43 kilometers west of al-Raqqa. The source added that the American experts and the YPG team detonated the landmines. The source estimated the weight of explosives in the landmines to be about 120 kilos.

A team of five American experts along with three assistants supervised detonating the landmines. A YPG intelligence security team escorted the American team. A team of the Kurdish Red Crescent was present at the detonation.

The source, who preferred to remain unnamed, noted that the landmines were handmade, as some were made from car wheels, gas pipes, and school bags.

In late March 2018, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) detonated ISIS landmines in the perimeter of al-Tabaqa city, under the supervision of a specialized team and in the presence of the Asayish forces and Kurdish Red Crescent ambulances.

Earlier, a security source reported the arrival of American experts on March 18, 2018 at the dams of al-Tabaqa and al-Rashed (al-Baath) to dismantle suspected ISIS landmines.

On May 10, 2017, the SDF gained control over the whole of al-Raqqa, following battles with ISIS. The SDF gained control over the al-Baa’th dam on June 4, 2017.

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