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Erbil, Kurdistan Region – On Monday, the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) regained control of areas in the countryside of Hasakah, northeastern Syria, after battles with pro-regime forces and allied militias of the National Defense Army and al-Maghawir, military sources reported.
The group had lost these areas during previous battles with Assad forces last month, before fighting back in the past two days and compensate its losses.
Speaking to ARA News in Hasakah, the former fighter in the Free Syrian Army (FSA), Hassan Attia, said that ISIS retook several villages south of Hasakah, including Sabaa Sukur and al-Masawel near the Khabur River.
After those gains, the radical group is just 2 km away from the Panorama entrance of Hasakah city.
The source added that an ISIS jihadist carried out a car bomb attack in the village of al-Mujebira east of Hasakah, killing at least eight Syrian security members stationed at checkpoint, and injuring several others, some of them are in critical conditions.
On the other hand, local sources told ARA News that ISIS bombed a joint military checkpoint for the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and al-Sanadid Army force (affiliated with prominent Arab tribal leader Hamidi Deham al-Hadi) in the village of Ghazila southeast of Tel Hamis near the Iraqi borderline, northeastern Syria. At least two Kurdish fighters lost their lives and several other injured due to the attack.
Reporting by: Sarbaz Yousef
Source: ARA News