Kurdish YPG drives ISIS out of Syria’s Hasakah

Kurdish YPG militia captures strategic city of Hasakah in northeastern Syria from ISIS one month after ISIS offensive

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

YPG militia taking position in a building in Hasakah

The Kurdish YPG militia has driven ISIS out of the Hasakah city northeastern Syria a month after ISIS had attacked the city capturing districts, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said.

According to the Observatory group, clashes are still ongoing in the southern outskirts of Hasakah city, but however the city itself is entirely clear from the ISIS militants.

Hasaka city is the capital of a strategic province that borders territory held by ISIS in Iraq.

Hasaka province, which regime has preserved control on during the conflict in Syria until recent offensive by ISIS, is divided into separated zones. The province of Hasakah has a strategic position since it borders territory held by ISIS in Iraq.

Parts of the city are run by the Syrian regime forces while other parts of the city are under control of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, also known as the PYD and its armed People's Protection Units (YPG) branch in northern the city.

Co-chairman of the PYD, Salih Muslim said in an interview in Brussels with the Britain-based Al Hayat newspaper posted on Saturday that there is no cooperation or any kind of coordination between the Syrian regime and YPG militias.  

Dozens of ISIS militans, government troops and pro-government militia had been killed since the beginning of ISIS’ offensive in June.

The PYD is the Syrian affiliate of PKK which is recognised as a terrorist organisation by the EU, NATO, as well as Turkey.

On Monday, the YPG wrestled the town of Serin in northern Syria from ISIS, after a month of fierce offensive, the SOHR said.

On June 21, the YPG - backed by the US-led coalition air strikes - captured the border town of Tal Abyad which lies near the Turkish border from ISIS.

Capturing Tal Abyad means that the YPG effectively controls some 400 km of the Syrian-Turkish border.

n January 2015, the ISIS-held border town of Kobani was captured by the YPG - backed by the US-led coalition air strikes - after a siege that lasted for four months against ISIS.

ISIS’ loss of the Turkish-Syrian border town of Kobani, also known as Ayn al Arab, was seen as a significant defeat regarding the amount of extensive military resources they invested in to capture the isolated town on the border with Turkey.

The YPG now controls the border from Syria’s northeastern corner to the town of Jarabulus, which is under ISIS control.

ISIS currently holds control over large swaths of territory, stretching eastward from the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, to western Iraq.

TRTWorld, Reuters