Islamic State reports new gains northeastern Syria

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Kurdish and Assyrian fighters observe IS locations in the countryside of Tel amir, northeastern Syria. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Tel Temir, Syria – Fierce battles continue between the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) and the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the eastern countryside of Tel Temir (50 km west of Hasakah), northeastern Syria, after the group launched a major offensive on the villages along the Khabur River, reaching the highway between Aleppo and Hasakah. 

The area has seen heavy fighting during the last two days, especially in the villages of Tel Jadaya and Tel Fwaida, north of the al-Khabur River, resulting in the death of dozens on both sides. Nevertheless, IS was able to make new gains in the area.

Speaking to ARA News, Damhat Zagro, a fighter in the YPG ranks, said that an IS suicide attack struck the YPG headquarters in the village of Tel Rumman. 

“Following two successive attacks on the village (Tel Rumman) from different directions, the group was easily able to control the northern route towards the city of Hasakah,” he explained.

In a related development, an Assyrian fighter from the Haras al-Khabur forces, Mikhail Dinkha, told ARA News that the terrorist group received new reinforcements from Aleppo, including more militants and heavy armored vehicles.

“A number of IS terrorists are currently stationed in the vicinity of the village of Ghibish in the western countryside of Tel Temir, and dozens of other militants from the group are stationed in the southern areas of Hassakeh Dam,” the source added. “Several others took positions in the al-Hawl junction with Shaddadi in the east.”

In the meantime, the region saw intensive sorties by U.S.-led coalition warplanes, targeting IS locations in the village of Ghibish.

In another development, a medical source from the YPG-linked military hospital (The Hospital of Martyr Khabat) told ARA News that more than 15 fighters of the self-defense forces (sponsored by Auto-Administration) were injured in an IS-led ambush near Tel Temir, most of them received treatment in the city of Amuda.

This came as field activists speculated that the attacks are an attempt to compensate for its big losses of last month, which resulted in the destruction of many heavy vehicles and the death of dozens of militants in the villages located south of the al-Khabur area.

 

Reporting by: Sarbaz Yousef, Jumana al-Sayed and Ibrahim Ali

Source: ARA News

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