Heat sensing drones making easier for Kurds in fight against ISIS

The Kurds are seeing fast gains now that US Drones pinpoint where the ISIS fighters are.

Since November 2011, the U.S. Air Force has been flying unarmed drones from Incirlik Air Base in Turkey.

Along with manned U.S. aircraft, the Predators drone tracked the movements of ISIS fighters, sharing video feeds and other intelligence with the Kurdish fighters. .

Kurdish-led fighters say they have reclaimed a town from Islamic State close to the group’s northern Syrian stronghold of Raqqa. The wives and children of IS fighters were leaving Raqqa in droves Tuesday in anticipation of a possible attack, while the militants have redeployed to positions to better defend the city.

“The town is totally under the control of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units after the death of dozens of mercenaries,”
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also said the Kurds were in control of Ain Issa, and that they were now trying to track down any IS fighters who have gone into hiding.

US Defence Secretary Ash Carter said on Monday heavy bombardment during the weekend that also included destroying bridges over waterways in the city, which is bordered to the south by the Euphrates river, was aimed at further eroding the militants’ capabilities.

A drone strike as part of the US-led air campaign against IS killed a senior figure from the group in Raqa city overnight, the Observatory said earlier yesterday. The strike killed an Uzbek leader of the group involved in security as he sat in a car outside a downtown hotel.

The YPG, a militia operating mostly in predominantly Kurdish areas of northern Syria towards the Turkish border, has emerged as the only significant partner in Syria for U.S.-led alliance fighting to tackle ISIS both there and in Iraq.

The Observatory, a British-based organization reporting on Syria’s four-year-old civil war, said the coalition had played an “effective role” in helping YPG forces recover 11 villages northeast of Ain Issa.

The YPG, backed by small Syrian rebel groups, has made significant gains against ISIS in Raqqa province in recent weeks, seizing Tel Abyad at the Turkish border on June 15 before advancing south to Ain Issa.

The YPG captured Ain Issa on June 23.

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Drone Operator can survey thermally any area where ISIS is located for the Kurds.

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Technology was used in finding the Boston Bomber

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Kurdish fighters fire shells towards what they said were Islamic State strongholds 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

Kurdish fighters fire shells towards what they said were Islamic State strongholds 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

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YGP in  Qamishli

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