ISIS fortifies headquarters in key town at Syrian-Iraqi border

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An ISIS militant firing at an Iraqi army position in Beiji. File photo

ARA News 

QAMISHLI – The radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) is trying to fortify its locations in the southern countryside of Hasakah, northeastern Syria, local activists reported on Saturday.

The move comes after ISIS received information about possible attacks by the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and allied groups for “liberating” the group-held town of al-Hawl in Hasakah province on the Syrian-Iraqi border.

Speaking to ARA News in Hasakah, media activist Mohamed Haskawi said that the YPG and allied Arab and Christian groups prepare to storm the town of al-Hawl –a main stronghold for ISIS in Hasakah province.

“Under air cover by the U.S.-led coalition forces, the YPG forces and allies seek to attack al-Hawl and its outskirts in a bid to retake the town from the terror group,” the source added.

“ISIS fortifies its positions in al-Hawl town eastern Hasakah, mobilizing fighters as well as bringing in additional reinforcements from Shaddadi city in anticipation of possible attacks on the town by the Kurds and allied forces,” local sources from the city of Shaddadi told ARA News.

Over the past three days, ISIS militants launched several attacks on positions of the regime’s army in the eastern countryside of Hasakah, as well as attacking headquarters of the Kurdish forces in the southern countryside Qamishli in northeastern Syria, near the towns of Tel Brak and Tel Hamis.

The radical group has repeatedly attacked the Syrian army troops and the Kurdish forces in the area in a bid to prevent a possible attack on the ISIS’ key town of al-Hawl, a monitoring group told ARA News.

The U.S.-led coalition forces have not targeted ISIS strongholds in the border town al-Hawl for nearly a month, according to activists.

Reporting by: Ahmed Shiwesh  

Source: ARA News

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