Kurds, rebels make gains against IS in east Aleppo countryside

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The joint Kurdish and FSA rebel alliance Euphrates Volcano advanced against the Islamic State on Wednesday in the eastern Aleppo countryside as they attempt for the third consecutive day to capture an IS base, a local journalist told Syria Direct. The joint rebel forces are battling IS for the village of Sarin located 40 kilometers south of Kobani and close to valuable grain silos, said Mustafa al-Abdi, senior correspondent with the Iraqi Kurdish Arta FM radio station based in Kobani. “Violent clashes have taken place from 72 hours up until now, which have resulted in 30 IS dead and 6 from the joint [rebel] units.” Conflicting information has emerged on whether the joint Kurdish-rebel forces have taken control of the grain silos. Pro-opposition al-Hal reported Tuesday that they had, whereas the SOHR reported the same day that they had imposed a “near total” siege around the silos. In related news, joint Kurdish-rebel forces have taken control of 10 villages from IS in the eastern Aleppo countryside over the past 72 hours, Mustafa al-Abdi told Syria Direct.