Syrian Army Regains Ground Against IS

Syrian Army Regains Ground Against ISSyrian Army Regains Ground Against IS

The Syrian Army said on Sunday it had repulsed a major offensive by IS militants in the northeastern city of Hasaka and drove out gunmen who had taken over key installations on the southern edge of the city.

The northeastern corner of Syria is strategically important because it links areas controlled by the extremist group, World Bulletin reported.

The group, approaching from their stronghold the city of Shadadi, further south of Hasaka, made lighting advances this week after conducting around a dozen suicide attacks using explosives-laden trucks on army checkpoints in the city.

But Syrian state television, quoting an army source, said in a newsflash they had taken back an electricity station, a juvenile prison and two villages almost 2 km south of the city that had been occupied by gunmen.

The Kurds, whose militia YPG receives air support from a US-led alliance bombing IS, had been helping government forces to repel last week’s attack, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The observatory, which tracks violence across the country, said at least 71 army and loyalist militias were killed in the weeklong battles with IS.