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ISIS ‘Broken’ in Tal Abyad: Kurds Claim Victory in Key Syrian Border Town

Kurdish fighters took full control of a key town on the Syria-Turkey border Tuesday, dealing a major blow to ISIS by cutting off a vital supply line to its self-proclaimed Syrian capital, Raqqa.

A senior Kurdish commander, Haqi Kobane, told The Associated Press that Kurdish YPG fighters and allies from the Free Syrian Army had begun clearing booby traps and mines in Tal Abyad, which the extremists had held for more than a year.

"Daesh has been broken at the hands of the YPG," he said by telephone from northern Syria, using an alternate name for ISIS. "It is a victory for all Syrians."

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The takeover of Tal Abyad marks the biggest setback yet to ISIS, depriving it of a direct route to Raqqa for foreign militants and supplies. It also links the Kurds' two fronts, putting even more pressure on Raqqa.

The defeat is a stunning reversal of fortunes for ISIS, which only last month captured the provincial capital of Ramadi in Iraq's Anbar province and the historic town of Palmyra in central Syria.

Image: Kurdish fighters gesture while carrying their parties' flags in Tel Abyad of Raqqa governorate after they said they took control of the area
Kurdish fighters gesture while carrying their parties' flags in Tel Abyad of Raqqa governorate after they said they took control of the area June 15, 2015. Syrian Kurdish-led forces said they had captured a town at the Turkish border from Islamic State on Monday, driving it away from the frontier in an advance backed by U.S.-led air strikes that has thrust deep into the jihadists' Syria stronghold. The capture of Tel Abyad by the Kurdish YPG and smaller Syrian rebel groups means the Syrian Kurds effectively control some 400 km (250 miles) of the Syrian-Turkish border that has been a conduit for foreign fighters joining Islamic State. Picture taken June 15, 2015. REUTERS/Rodi Said TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY Rodi Said / Reuters