Syrian Kurdish forces take control of the
oil-rich cities of Rimęlan and Tirbespiye
March 3, 2013
DERIK, Syrian Kurdistan,—According to various
Kurdish sources on the ground in western Kurdistan
(Syrian Kurdistan), including Ronahî TV the oil rich
city of Rimęlan, which lies on the road between
Tirbespîyę and Dęrik, in has been almost entirely
liberated, ANF reported.
During the early hours of Friday, the Kurdish
People’s Protection Units (YPG) conducted a
coordinated operation, which eventually allowed them
to seize a number of official buildings, including
the police headquarters and the Baath party’s
YPG has liberated Tirbespiyę from baath regime
force. Government buildings including the military
headquarters was surrounded and soon surrendered to
the YPG. Both, Ramelan and Tirbespiye have liberated
from the regime forces and now controlled by Kurdish
Meanwhile Syrian troops retook on Friday a
checkpoint on the northeastern border with Syria,
captured a day earlier by Islamic Jihadist fighters
of Al-Nusra Front, the Syrian Observatory for Human
Rights said on Friday, AFP reported.
The rebels had overrun the post at Yaarubiyeh in
oil-rich Hassakeh province on Thursday after fierce
clashes, the Britain-based Observatory said.
"Government forces succeeded in retaking the
Yaarubiyeh crossing less than 24 hours after it was
taken by fighters from the Al-Nusra Front" and other
rebel elements, the Observatory said.
They also "captured half of the city of Yaarubiyeh,"
Al-Nusra Front, an increasingly influential factor
in Syria's conflict, also took control of the nearby
town of Shaddadeh and surrounding villages in
The border crossing was controlled by rebel forces
last year before the army recaptured it.
Rebels of the mainstream Free Syrian Army have told
AFP that Al-Nusra fighters, despite their small
numbers, have greater economic and logistical
support than other insurgents and funding from
The jihadist group targets strategic points mainly
in eastern Syria, including oil and gas facilities,
and draws recruits from the local population by
paying them a salary.
It aspires to create an Islamic state in Syria,
whose regime accuses Saudi Arabia and Qatar of
financing Islamist fighters in the two-year-old
conflict that the UN says has killed at least 70,000
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