Syrian govt forces, Kurds push Islamic State out of Hasaka city

Updated on Jul 28, 2015 10:02 PM IST
Syrian government's forces and a Kurdish militia have driven Islamic State fighters out of Hasaka city in Syria's far northeast, a month after the hardline group attacked it, a group monitoring the four-year-old war said on Tuesday.
Reuters | By, Beirut

Syrian government's forces and a Kurdish militia have driven Islamic State fighters out of Hasaka city in Syria's far northeast, a month after the hardline group attacked it, a group monitoring the four-year-old war said on Tuesday.

Hasaka is the capital of a strategically important province that borders the territory held by Islamic State in Iraq.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said clashes were continuing in the city's southern outskirts but that Hasaka itself was now free from Islamic State fighters.

Islamic State launched a major attack on the city on June 25, focusing initially on government-held south of Hasaka.

The ensuing battle drew in the Kurdish YPG, which held north Hasaka, resulting in the US-backed Kurds fighting Islamic State in close proximity with government forces shunned by Washington.

The Kurdish YPG militia has repeatedly said it does not coordinate with Syrian government forces against their shared enemy -- the Islamic State.

The Observatory said scores of Islamic State fighters, government troops and allied pro-government militia had been killed since the beginning of the June offensive.

Last week the a YPG spokesperson said the militia was in near full control of the city, a statement at odds with Syrian state media reports of a strong performance by the military.

The government has been focussing on trying to shore up its control over big population centres in western Syria, including the Capital Damascus, but Hasaka is one of several areas where it has also sought to preserve control in recent fighting.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close Story
QUICKREADS

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • President Joe Biden poses for a photo with Vice President Kamala Harris, left, Karin Olofsdotter, Sweden's ambassador to the US, second from left, and Mikko Hautala, Finland's ambassador to the US, right, after signing the Instruments of Ratification for the Accession Protocols to the North Atlantic Treaty for the Republic of Finland and Kingdom of Sweden in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, August 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Joe Biden formalises US support for Finland, Sweden joining Nato

    The countries sought out Nato membership earlier this year to guarantee their security in the wake of Russian President Vladimir Putin's offensive in Ukraine. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization's rules require the consent of all of its 30 existing members before Finland and Sweden can officially accede into the alliance, which is expected in the coming months.

  • Albuquerque Police Deputy Chief of Investigations Cecily Barker holds a flyer with photos of a car wanted in connection with Muslim men murdered as Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham looks on in Albuquerque, New Mexico. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal via AP)

    Suspect in killing of four Muslim men arrested in New Mexico

    Muhammad Syed, 51, an Albuquerque resident, was formally charged with two of the homicides: those of Aftab Hussein, 41, and Muhammed Afzaal Hussain, 27, killed on July 26 and August 1, respectively, but he is considered a suspect in all four murders, city Police Chief Harold Medina said at a news conference.

  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. (Photo by Sergei SUPINSKY/AFP)

    Kyiv urges travel ban on Russians as Moscow steps up assault in eastern Ukraine

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky wants a one-year travel ban and the apparent expulsion of Russians living in the West so that they could live "in their own world until they change their philosophy." He complained that sanctions imposed so far on Russia to punish it for invading his country on February 24 were too weak.

  • Rising smoke can be seen from the beach at Saky after explosions were heard from the direction of a Russian military airbase near Novofedorivka, Crimea, Tuesday August 9, 2022. (UGC via AP)

    Ukraine is not taking responsibility for Crimea explosions: Prez Zelensky aide

    Mykhailo Podolyak, asked by the Dozhd online television channel whether Kyiv was taking responsibility, replied: "Of course not. What do we have to do with this?"

  • None of the Langya virus cases have so far resulted in fatality and most are mild, with patients suffering from flu-like symptoms. (Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

    New ‘Langya’ virus hits China as 35 people found infected: How deadly is it?

    Currently, no vaccine or treatment for Langya virus is available, and the only solution is supportive care to manage complications pertaining to the zoonotic disease. A study published earlier revealed that the Langya virus was first spotted in human beings in 2019, with majority of the recent cases this year.

SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Wednesday, August 10, 2022
Start 15 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now