Syria: ISIS advances against rebels in Aleppo, loses ground in Hasakah

Syrian government soldiers celebrate after taking control of the village of Ratian, north of the embattled city of Aleppo, from rebel fighters on February 6, 2016. Thousands of Syrians fled towards Turkey as regime troops pressed a major Russian-backed offensive around Aleppo, that threatens a fresh humanitarian disaster. / AFP / GEORGE OURFALIAN{ABNA 24} – Subsequent to fierce battles with rebel groups, militant fighters of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) were able to control several key areas in Syria’s northern province of Aleppo, local sources reported on Saturday.

AhlulBayt News Agency – Subsequent to fierce battles with rebel groups, militant fighters of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) were able to control several key areas in Syria’s northern province of Aleppo, local sources reported on Saturday.

Local activists confirmed that ISIS terrorists have advanced in the region despite the Turkish bombardment on the group’s locations near the Syrian-Turkish border.

Rebel spokesman Saleh Zein told Kurdish News that ISIS insurgents launched a major offensive on rebels’ positions in Aleppo’s northern suburbs and were able to recapture Kafr Ghan, Tel Hussein and Biraghida villages near the Syrian-Turkish border after heavy battles with the rebel fighters of al-Sham Corps and al-Hamza Brigade.

The source emphasized that ISIS insurgents have used heavy weapons against the rebel factions, causing them heavy losses in manpower and equipment.

Zein pointed out that the battles are still ongoing between the two sides, while rebels try to recapture the areas that fell to ISIS on Saturday.

“Daesh has advanced in the region despite Turkish heavy shelling on its positions on the outskirts of Tel Hussein and Biraghida near the Syria-Turkey border,” Zein told Kurdish News, using an acronym for ISIS.

In the meantime, rebel fighters of the 13th squad along with the 1st regiment targeted headquarters of the ISIS group in the towns and Harbal and Asanbil with mortar shells and hell cannon amid reports of casualties among the group’s ranks, according to the spokesman.

ISIS was able last week to seize control of the strategic town of al-Raee in northern Aleppo subsequent to fierce battles with rebel fighters, according to locals.

Also Saturday, the coalition forces conducted several air raids on ISIS headquarters in Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah, causing the death and injury of dozens among ISIS terrorists, locals reported.

J.L. based in Hasakah, confirmed that the coalition forces targeted headquarters and tactical units for the radical group in the vicinity of Margada town south of Hasakah, northeast of Syria, causing the group heavy losses in manpower and equipment.

“However, some of the group’s militants were able to avoid airstrikes through hiding within the civilians’ houses in the town,” he said, speaking on condition of anonymity. READ MORE

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.