Islamic State renews its campaign in Hasakah, Kurdish casualties reported

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Kurdish mothers in Hasakah mourning their sons who were killed in ISIS attacks. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Qamishli – Islamic State (ISIS) militants have renewed their campaign in Hasakah Governorate, targeting the People’s Protection Units’ (YPG) southern positions.

The extremist group initiated Thursday’s clashes by shelling the local YPG headquarters in Shaddadi city. At least four Kurdish fighters were killed.

A Kurdish officer, speaking on condition of anonymity, told ARA News that the barrage was probably intended as a reprisal for the Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) Euphrates Wrath Operation.

“Those terrorist attacks came after the YPG and allied SDF factions expelled the Daesh terror group from major areas in Hasakah and other parts of northern Syria,” he reasoned.

“Daesh tries to compensate for its losses by launching these terrorist attacks on our security centers and populated areas in Hasakah,” the officer added, employing an Arabic acronym for ISIS.

According to Firas Berko, a journalist embedded with the YPG in Shaddadi, Hasakah’s southern countryside has been scarred by the Islamic State’s frequent infiltration attempts.

“YPG fighters have repeatedly foiled such operations by ISIS militants,” Berko told ARA News. “However, Shaddadi remains at risk due to its location near the administrative border between the Hasakah and Deir ez-Zor Governorates, where ISIS has deployed many militants.”

In mid-February, the YPG and allied SDF militias concluded a protracted campaign by capturing Shaddadi city. In recent months ISIS has been trying to return to the area, launching mortar and car bomb attacks from bases in Deir ez-Zor Governorate.

Reporting by: Ahmed Shiwesh | Source: ARA News

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