An announcement attributed to the Islamic State (IS) began circulating on social media Monday warning residents of the northeastern city of al-Hasakah of an upcoming attack, and calling on young men to report to IS headquarters to “repent.”
IS began its attempt to wrest the city from joint regime-Kurdish (PYD) control more than a week ago, firing mortars at markets and residential areas, Islam al-Khafji, an independent media activist, told Syria Direct Wednesday. In response, regime and PYD forces began bombing IS positions from the nearby Jabal al-Kawkab. These developments come on the heels of IS’s seizure of the Fawj al-Milbiya regime military base on July 28th, which falls 10km to the south of al-Hasakah city. IS fighters seized a large weapons cache present in the base.
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