Clashes renewed between Islamist groups near Syria’s Hasaka



ARA News

Qamishli, Syria− Fighters of Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic Front regained control over al-Thalja barrier near Margada town in Hasaka province after clashes with members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on Monday.

Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic Front launched an attack against the ISIL-held barrier of al-Thalja, resulted in the withdrawal of ISIL fighters towards Margada town, sources said.

Ammar Abdul Rahman, an activist based in Hasaka city, told ARA News that the ISIL used to randomly bomb al-Nusra locations from al-Thalja barrier with Grad missiles over the last few weeks. 

“Al-Nusra fighters achieved direct hits in the barrier of al-Thalja village,” Abdul Rahman said. 

In a linked context, media activist Raman Yusif reported to ARA News the defection of several members of the ISIL-linked Libyan battalion of al-Battar. 

“Abu Deeb, the leader of al-Battar battalion, was killed by the group’s defectors on Saturday evening,” Yusif said. 

According to Yusif, al-Battar defectors joined ranks of Jabhat al-Nusra on Sunday. 

Remarkably, the ISIL is in control over several areas in Hasaka province, including Shaddadi city, the gas plant, al-Khatouniya Lake, and al-Hol area.


Reporting by: Judi Aziz

Source: ARA News


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