March 6, 2018 / 12:36 PM / 5 months ago

Kurdish-allied Arab militias move fighters to Afrin from IS frontlines-spokesman

RAQQA, Syria, March 6 (Reuters) - Kurdish-allied Syrian Arab militias are redeploying 1,700 fighters from frontlines with Islamic State to the Afrin region to help fend off a Turkish offensive against the northwestern region, their spokesperson told Reuters on Tuesday.

“We have taken out 1,700 fighters ... to defend Afrin against terrorism,” said Abu Omar al-Edilbi, the spokesman for the militias that have been fighting Islamic State in eastern Syria as part of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.

Speaking to Reuters in Raqqa after announcing the redeployment, he said that 700 of the fighters had already moved to Afrin. (Reporting by Rodi Said Writing by Dahlia Nehme Editing by Tom Perry and Matthew Mpoke Bigg)

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