Islamic State losing ground in Syria’s Hasakah

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Damage is seen inside a former base used by fighters from the Islamic State, after they withdrew from the town of Azaz, near the Syrian-Turkish border. File photo

ARA News

Hasakah, Syria – On Thursday, pro-Assad forces bombed locations of the Islamic State’s (IS/ISIS) militants with heavy artillery in the western and southern suburbs of the city of Hasakah, northeastern Syria.

Speaking to ARA News in Hasakah, civil rights activist Muhammad Ali said that two mortar shells landed on the town of al-Twaina (located on the northern road of Hasakah–Tel Temir).

Twaina is located next to the village of Tel Majdal, which is considered the IS main stronghold in the western countryside of Hasakah, at the west bank of the Khabur River.

“Clashes renewed between the Kurdish YPG fighters and IS militants during the last few days in the village of Te Majdal, as well as in the YPG-held village of Tel Hormuz,” Ali reported.

“YPG fighters pounded IS locations in the western countryside of Hasake several times.”

Media Office of the pro-Assad militia of the National Defense Army (NDA) reported that at least five IS militants were killed and several others wounded after the pro-regime forces bombarded the village of Tel Zuayter on the road to Hasakah–Abyad.

NDA’s MC said that the National Defense forces arrested one of the IS militants while confiscating about 20 million Syrian pounds from one of the group’s headquarters in the western suburbs of Hasakah.

In the meantime, pro-Assad media sources reported that the Syrian Arab Army took control of villages of Masoom, Hanash, Uwaina, Hajj Hasan, Tappa, Marouf, and Nasrat (south of Hasakah city) and installed several checkpoints in the area.

ARA News could not verify the news from local sources.

This comes amid sporadic clashes between the pro-regime forces and militants of the Islamic State group in the southern countryside of the city.  

 

Reporting by: Zaradasht Khalil

Source: ARA News

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