Islamists attack western-backed Syrian rebels in Hasakah


A Kurdish YPG fighter communicating with fellow members of the Syrian Democratic Forces in the southern countryside of Hasakah. Photo: ARA News

ARA News 

HASAKAH – Militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) launched on Sunday several attacks on headquarters of the western-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the northeastern province of Hasakah, military sources reported. 

ISIS militants bombed a security center for the SDF near the town of al-Hawl in Hasakah province on the border with Iraq.

At least two SDF fighters were killed and five others were wounded. 

“ISIS terrorists attacked our security center south of al-Hawl town that has been liberated by the Kurdish-Arab alliance three months ago. The terrorists used car bombs and mortar shells in the attack,” said Dijwar al-Kurdi, a Kurdish member of the SDF. 

Al-Kurdi told ARA News that ISIS launched the attack from the direction of Shaddadi city –main ISIS bastion in Hasakah province.

Also on Sunday, the jihadi group targeted headquarters of the Kurdish forces of the YPG –leading member of the SDF– near Mount Abdulaziz (Kazwan) in Hasakah countryside. 

“Subsequent to a suicide attack by an ISIS terrorist, clashes broke out between our (YPG) forces and ISIS militants, who were trying to infiltrate in the YPG-held villages in the vicinity of Mount Abdulaziz,” a spokesman for the YPG told ARA News in Hasakah. “Heavy machine guns were used in Sunday’s clashes.

The spokesman added that four ISIS militants were killed in the clashes, while one Kurdish fighter lost his life and two others were injured.

The targeted locations have been recently liberated by the Kurdish troops and allied rebels, supported by the U.S.-led coalition’s air cover.  

Reporting by: Qehreman Miste

Source: ARA News

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