Syrian Army recaptures northeastern Hasakah from ISIS

Syrian Army recaptures city of Hasakah in northeastern Syria after ISIS took control of the city last week

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The Syrian army said on Monday it had recaptured the district of Nashwa in the Hasakah from ISIS, which captured the strategic northeastern Syrian city last week and displaced thousands of civilians.

SANA, Syrian State Television, said on Monday that Syrian army forces cleared  the southern Nashwa district of ISIS fighters who control large thinly populated areas of eastern Syria.  

A Syrian Army source said earlier on Monday that ISIS fighters blew up two trucks in the southeastern district of Ghwaryan, and a fire erupted in petroleum storage tanks following shelling by the militants, according to SANA.

According to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, nine people were killed during the clashes in Nashwa and the clashes are still ongoing amid aerial bombardment in the area.

Hasaka province is divided into separate zones. Parts of the city are run by the Syrian regime while other parts of the city are under control of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its armed branch the Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG). The PYD is affiliated with the outlawed PKK, a Kurdish militant group active in Turkey which is recognised as a terrorist organisation by the EU, NATO, as well as Turkey.

ISIS captured the Syrian Province of Raqqa, declaring it the capital of their self-proclaimed “caliphate,” in June 2014 after seizing swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq.

A US-led coalition began air strikes in Syria and Iraq against ISIS targets last September.

Regime forces managed to push back ISIS earlier this month after they began to advance just south of Hasakah.

The territory currently under ISIS control stretches eastward from the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, to western Iraq.

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