ISIS strives for control over Hasakah city

ARA News

Hasakah, Syria – Subsequent to gaining control of few points from the Syrian regime south of Hasakah, northeastern Syria, as well as advancing in the southern outskirts of the city, the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) is seeking to open a new fighting front, local activists reported. 

The group seized control of the power plant in southern Hasakah few days ago, after the withdrawal of pro-regime forces.

Abdulsalam Saleh, political activist based in Hasakah, told ARA News that the southwestern suburbs of Hasakah (located on Abyad–Hasakah highway) witness military movements by the group towards the city.

“The clashes continue between the pro-regime forces backed by allied militias and the IS group in the past two days in the villages of Soda, Abed, and Abyad, coinciding with sporadic bombardments by the regime’s artillery and air force,” Saleh reported.

The source pointed out that pro-regime forces are preparing for a military campaign to regain the recently lost areas, “especially with the arrival of Maj. Gen. Mohammed Kaddour, head of the military and security committee for the Eastern District”.

“Also the commander of the National Defense, Bassam Arsan, is preparing his forces to participate in the upcoming anti-IS operations in Hasakah,” the source added.

Several groups share power over Hasakah province, including the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG), and pro-regime forces with allied militias, while IS militants are in control of several locations in the southern countryside of the province.  

 

Reporting by: Zozan Shekho    

Source: ARA News

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