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Kurdish fighters capture several Syrian villages amid heavy fighting with jihadis

  • FILE - In this undated file image posted by the Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group, on Monday, June. 30, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, fighters from Islamic State group sit on their tank during a parade in Raqqa, Syria. The Islamic State group is often described as the most fearsome jihadi outfit of all: a global menace outweighing al-Qaida, with armies trembling before its advance. But while the group has been successful at seizing parts of Iraq and Syria, it is no unstoppable juggernaut. (AP Photo/Raqqa Media Center, File)

    FILE - In this undated file image posted by the Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group, on Monday, June. 30, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, fighters from Islamic State group sit on their tank during a parade in Raqqa, Syria. The Islamic State group is often described as the most fearsome jihadi outfit of all: a global menace outweighing al-Qaida, with armies trembling before its advance. But while the group has been successful at seizing parts of Iraq and Syria, it is no unstoppable juggernaut. (AP Photo/Raqqa Media Center, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this undated file image posted by the Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group, on Monday, June 30, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, fighters from the Islamic State group parade with a missile in Raqqa, Syria. The Islamic State group is often described as the most fearsome jihadi outfit of all: a global menace outweighing al-Qaida, with armies trembling before its advance. But while the group has been successful at seizing parts of Iraq and Syria, it is no unstoppable juggernaut. (AP Photo/Raqqa Media Center, File)

    FILE - In this undated file image posted by the Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group, on Monday, June 30, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, fighters from the Islamic State group parade with a missile in Raqqa, Syria. The Islamic State group is often described as the most fearsome jihadi outfit of all: a global menace outweighing al-Qaida, with armies trembling before its advance. But while the group has been successful at seizing parts of Iraq and Syria, it is no unstoppable juggernaut. (AP Photo/Raqqa Media Center, File)  (The Associated Press)

An activist group and a Kurdish official say heavy clashes are taking place in northeastern Syria, with Kurdish fighters capturing about a dozen villages from Islamic militants.

Kurdish fighters and members of the Islamic State group have been fighting each other for more than a year in northern Syria.

The latest round of violence between the two sides began Saturday. Members of the Kurdish-led People's Protection Units, or YPK, have captured about 14 villages, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Nawaf Khalil, a spokesman for Syria's powerful Kurdish Democratic Union Party, or PYD, told The Associated Press on Monday that YPK forces have captured at least 10 villages in the northeastern province of Hassakeh.