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Qamishli, Syria – After battles with militant fighters of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS), the Syrian regime military forces took over several villages and continued its advancement in the countryside of Hasakah province, in northeastern Syria, local sources reported on Thursday.
Speaking to ARA News in Hasakah, civil rights activist Dilovan Mohammed said that fierce clashes broke out Wednesday evening between pro-Assad forces –backed by gunmen of the National Defense Army– and the IS group in the southern countryside of Hasakah.
“The pro-regime forces continued their advancement in the southern countryside amid remarkable IS decline under the weight of heavy shelling by the regime’s army, along with aerial bombardment launched by the U.S.-led international coalition on IS locations in western Mount Abdulaziz in Hasakah,” Mohammed added.
At least one IS member was killed during clashes with regime forces near the village of Bab al-Khair south of Hasakah, amid news of several injuries in the ranks of the regime forces.
This coincided with battles between the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the IS radical group in the southern countryside of the city of Qamishli (Qamishlo), in Hasakah province.
The YPG Media Center announced Wednesday that their fighters carried out a strategic operation near the villages of Masush and Gnamira (25 km south of Qamishli) and they were able to destroy an IS armored vehicle, killing its entire crew.
Noteworthy, the Syrian regime forces had seized 16 villages in the countryside of the cities of Qamishli and Hasakah, following fierce clashes with militants of the Islamic State last Friday.
Reporting by: Dilshad Muhammad
Source: ARA News