Militant fighters of the Islamic State. File photo

ARA News

QAMISHLI – Clashes continued for the third consecutive day between pro-Assad army forces –backed by militias of the National Defense– and militants of the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) in the eastern countryside of Hasakah, northeastern Syria, local sources reported on Saturday.

Speaking to ARA News in Hasakah, media activist Muwaffaq Aziz reported that ISIS militants have been striving for days to break into the regime-held military base of Mount Kawkab, in eastern Hasakah.

Kawkab is the largest military camp held by pro-Assad forces in Hasakah province. 

A total of nine pro-Assad soldiers were reportedly killed in the recent clashes while defending Kawkab army base. ISIS has lost at least five militants in the clashes. 

The regime forces were able to repel several attacks by ISIS militant fighters near Mount Kawkab in the past three days. 

On Friday, ISIS also targeted positions of Syrian regime forces south of Tel Brak town near Qamishli city, “amid reports of casualties on both sides,” a military source told ARA News in Qamishli.

ISIS has been recently engaged in battles on several fronts in Hasakah province, clashing with Kurdish forces near Mount Abdulaziz in the western countryside of Hasakah, as well as fighting Syrian army troops in the eastern countryside. 

Reporting by: Ahmed Shiwesh 

Source: ARA News

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