ISIS militants attack Kurdish positions, capture three villages northeast Syria

Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) enter the city of Shaddadi after expelling ISIS militants form the strategic city in Syria's northeastern Hasakah province. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

DERIKMilitant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) launched a new offensive against Kurdish headquarters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and gained positions in Syria’s northeastern Hasakah province.

ISIS militants bombed YPG security centres in the vicinity of Shaddadi city in Hasakah’s southern countryside and captured thee villages, military sources reported on Friday.

“Daesh terrorists targeted YPG headquarters near Shaddadi with dozens of mortar shells, causing death and injury of a number of our forces,” a spokesman for the YPG told ARA News, using another acronym for ISIS. 

The radical group has reportedly seized control of the villages of Keshkesh, Jubour and Safiya, as well as some parts of the Azzawi town in Shaddadi countryside.

“Islamic State militants who participated in the offensive were heavily armed,” media activist Abdulkarim Yousef told ARA News in Shaddadi.

“They initiated the operation by carrying out two car bomb attacks on YPG checkpoints, then started bombing the Kurdish headquarters with mortar shells,” the source reported.

In mid February 2016, Kurdish YPG units and allied fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced the liberation of Shaddadi city in Hasakah province from the Islamic State’s (ISIS) militants, after months of battles with the radical group. ISIS militants had evacuated their headquarters in Shaddadi under heavy bombardment by the Kurdish-Arab alliance of the SDF. “More than 275 ISIS militants were killed and 33 ISIS vehicles were destroyed at the hands of the SDF fighters in the battle for Shaddadi,” the SDF spokesman Talal Silo had told ARA News at the time. 

The progress came after the SDF units, supported by an air cover from the U.S.-led coalition, cut off the main supply route for the ISIS radical group in al-Hawl near Syria’s northeastern border with Iraq. However, since then ISIS has been trying to infiltrate into the area, launching several car bomb attacks. 

Furthermore, the SDF alliance had seized control of a key gas facility and main financial resource for the Islamic State (ISIS) radical group in Syria’s northeastern Hasakah province in early February, 2016. The western-backed forces regained control of the Jibisa gas facility, located about 12km east of Shaddadi city in southern Hasakah.

Reporting by: Salim Faris and Ahmed Shiwesh

Source: ARA News

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